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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: On Day 1, Over 5,000 Maha Residents Place Orders for Home Delivery of Liquor; Mizoram Locked Down till May 31

News18.com | May 15, 2020, 9:47 PM IST
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May 15, 2020 9:47 pm (IST)

Bihar Seeks Lockdown Extension | The Bihar government has urged the Centre to extend the nationwide lockdown till the end of this month besides keeping rail and air traffic, other than the Shramik Specials and general passenger flights, suspended during the period, sources said.

May 15, 2020 9:34 pm (IST)

India Surpasses China Tally with 85,000 Cases | The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 85,000 with more people testing positive for the infection from Kashmir to Kerala and from Karnataka to Bihar. Going by the numbers declared by different states and union territories, India has now surpassed China's official tally of 82,933 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

May 15, 2020 9:29 pm (IST)

42,259 Undertrial Prisoners Released from Jails | In nearly over one and half months, a total of 42,259 undertrial prisoners were released from jails across the country during the lockdown period in a move to decongest the prisons in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

May 15, 2020 9:18 pm (IST)

Noida Cancer Patient Dies after Testing Positive | A 71-year-old cancer patient from Noida who was admitted to a Delhi hospital and later tested positive for coronavirus has died, becoming the fourth fatality linked to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar, officials said. The man, a resident of Sector 150 in Noida, died due to "multiple organ failure" at the government-run LNJP hospital on Thursday night in the national capital, the officials said. 

May 15, 2020 9:05 pm (IST)

Kargil Declared COVID-19 Free | With discharge of two COVID-19 patients including a two-year-old boy, Kargil district has been declared free of the novel coronavirus, officials said. The patients were discharged from the dedicated COVID-19 Hospital Kurbathang here as per the protocol after they tested negative twice, the officials said.

May 15, 2020 8:49 pm (IST)

Liquor Worth Rs 170 Cr Sold in 10 Days in Delhi | Delhiites consumed liquor worth around Rs 170 crore in 10 days since the city government reopened a handful of outlets on May 4 amid the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. An official said that the Delhi government has earned an additional Rs 70 crore from the sale on account of  "Special Corona Fee".

May 15, 2020 8:45 pm (IST)

44 fresh COVID-19 cases in CAPFs | Coronavirus cases in central paramilitary forces continued to climb as 44 fresh infections were reported even as 20 ITBP and BSF personnel were discharged upon recovery from their speciality hospital in Greater Noida, officials said. The total number of active COVID-19 cases, as per data accessed by PTI, in the five forces of CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB stand at 848. Forty-four fresh cases were reported on Friday apart from some recoveries, they said.

May 15, 2020 8:40 pm (IST)

1,576 New Cases in Mahrashtra | 1,576 new COVID-19 positive cases and 49 deaths reported in Maharashtra today, taking the total number of cases to 21,467 and deaths to 1,068. Total 6,564 patients have been recovered/discharged in the state so far: Maharashtra Health Department.

May 15, 2020 8:28 pm (IST)

St. Peter's Basilica to Reopen on Monday | Saint Peter's Basilica will reopen to visitors on Monday, after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Holy See said. The Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world, was disinfected Friday, with a team of suited and masked cleaners spraying every surface of the 23,000-square metre church.

May 15, 2020 8:19 pm (IST)

Kolkata Metro Mulls 'Drastic' Cut in Passengers Count | To ensure strict adherence to social distancing norms, the Kolkata metro railway is planning to "drastically" reduce the number of passengers in its trains once it resumes operations, an official said. She said preparations have begun for restarting services in the city with stress on maintaining social distancing at stations and inside the trains.

May 15, 2020 8:14 pm (IST)

Mizoram Extends Lockdown to May 31 | The Mizoram government on Friday extended lockdown till May 31 to check the spread of coronavirus infection, an official said. The decision was taken after various political parties and several organisations, including those of NGOs, churches and doctors, favoured extension of the lockdown at a meeting on Thursday, he said.

May 15, 2020 8:05 pm (IST)

Dharavi Case Count | The tally of COVID-19 patients in Dharavi, Mumbai's biggest slum sprawl, increased to 1,145 after 84 more persons tested positive for the infection, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.

May 15, 2020 8:00 pm (IST)

SC Postpones Summer Vacation by 5 Weeks | The Supreme Court, which has been hearing urgent matters through video-conferencing from March 25 due to COVID-19 pandemic, decided to postpone its summer vacation by five weeks and declared that it would remain functional from May 18 to June 19. As per the October 14 notification, the summer vacation would have started from May 18 and concluded on July 5 (both days inclusive) in the apex court.

May 15, 2020 7:55 pm (IST)

Liquor Shops to Open in Tamil Nadu | The Tamil Nadu government has issued an order on reopening of government-run TASMAC (liquor) shops from tomorrow from 10 am till 5 pm in the state, except Chennai, Thiruvallur, malls and containment zones. The token system needs to be followed; only 500 tokens will be issued per day. All those who come to buy liquor must wear face-mask and follow social distancing norms.

May 15, 2020 7:23 pm (IST)

All Mysuru COVID-19 Patients Cured, Discharged | Amid the coronavirus spread in the country, there is some news to cheer from Karnataka's Mysuru district, a hotspot, with all 90 patients having fully recovered and discharged. "All the 90 COVID-19 positive patients from Mysore District Hospital have been discharged without single mortality," the Health Department said.

May 15, 2020 7:20 pm (IST)

No Liquor, Not More Than 50 Guests at Events in Karnataka | Not more than 50 guests, no air condition, no consumption of liquor and paan, no invitation to people aged above 65 and below 10 years and also pregnant women are some of the guidelines to be followed for holding marriages or events in Karnataka with easing of the lockdown.

May 15, 2020 7:15 pm (IST)

Gautam Buddha Nagar Case Count | Four more COVID-19 cases reported today in Gautam Buddha Nagar. The total number of cases in the district is now at 242, including 169 discharged, 69 active patients & 4 deaths: District Surveillance officer, Gautam Buddha Nagar.

May 15, 2020 7:06 pm (IST)

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is taking steps to ensure social distancing among the passengers when the metro services resume. The date of opening of the metro has still not been finalized:

May 15, 2020 7:04 pm (IST)

FDA Gives White House New Guidance on COVID-19 Test | The head of the Food and Drug Administration his agency has provided new guidance to the White House after data suggested that a rapid COVID-19 test used by President Donald Trump and others every day may provide inaccuracies and false negatives.

May 15, 2020 6:56 pm (IST)

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Friday asked travellers to mandatorily download the Aarogya Setu app, do a web-check in and carry a print out of their boarding pass before heading to the airport to catch a flight.

May 15, 2020 6:51 pm (IST)

Doctors Brief Delhi police Personnel about Precautionary Measures | Delhi Police personnel were briefed by doctors about precautionary measures they need to take to combat coronavirus and were also made aware of myths and fears shrouding the pandemic, officials said. In the interactive sessions, over 33 doctors briefed personnel of all police station in the northern range about the precautionary measures and dos and don'ts to fight the contagion, they said.

May 15, 2020 6:43 pm (IST)

Kerala Case Count | With 16 fresh COVID-19 cases reported on Friday, the total rose to 576 in Kerala which has been witnessing a spike in cases of late. Eighty people are under treatment while 493 have been cured of the infection,Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Vijayan said cases are increasing in the state which was a matter of concern.

May 15, 2020 6:36 pm (IST)

Exports Plunge 60.28% in April | India's exports contracted by a record 60.28% to $10.36 billion in April amid the coronavirus lockdown, official data showed. Imports also tumbled by 58.65% to $17.12 billion in April from $41.4 billion in the same month last year, according to the data by the commerce and industry ministry. The trade deficit narrowed to $6.76 billion.

May 15, 2020 6:31 pm (IST)

Assam Case Count | One more patient recovers in Assam:

May 15, 2020 6:29 pm (IST)

Of 1,640 Tablighi Jamaat Members in India, Only 66 Contracted COVID-19: Jamiat | As many as 1,640 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members from 47 countries were in India at the time of Nizamuddin Markaz gathering, of whom only 64 tested positive for COVID-19 and two more died of the virus, prominent Muslim organisation Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind said on Friday.

May 15, 2020 6:27 pm (IST)

Self-reliant India Will be More 'Internationalist': Shringla | A self-reliant India will automatically be more "internationalist" as it does not seek self-centered or "isolationist" arrangements, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. His comments came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for making India self-reliant by turning the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity through sustained focus on making the Indian economy globally competitive.

May 15, 2020 6:17 pm (IST)

The Supreme Court streamed a live demo on e-filing of the cases for advocates through online medium. Now, lawyers can file cases in the top court online. Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde and Justice Dr DY Chandrachud attended the online event.

May 15, 2020 6:00 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi shares a graph predicting that the government's national lockdown strategy would ensure no fresh cases from tomorrow:

May 15, 2020 5:57 pm (IST)

Allahabad HC Allows Allows Recitation of Azan in UP Mosques | The Allahabad High Court allowed the recitation of 'azan' by a single individual in Uttar Pradesh mosques without the use of any loudspeaker during the COVID-driven lockdown.  A bench of justices Shashi Kant Guipta and Ajit Kumar granted the relief to the Muslim community saying azan may be an essential and integral part of Islam but its recitation through loudspeakers or other sound amplifying devices cannot be said to be  an integral part of the religion.

May 15, 2020 5:46 pm (IST)

China Asks US to 'Meet Halfway' in COVID-19 Fight | China reacted guardedly to US President Donald Trump's threat to "cut off" the bilateral relationship between the world's top two economies and asked America to meet it halfway in the fight against the coronavirus. Reacting to Trump's threat, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the relationship is in the fundamental interest of the two countries.

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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: On Day 1, Over 5,000 Maha Residents Place Orders for Home Delivery of Liquor; Mizoram Locked Down till May 31
A man carries liquor after buying it at a wine store in New Delhi. (Reuters)

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Madras high court order on closure of liquor vends in Tamil Nadu, and said it was for the state government to take these calls, paving the way for the shops to reopen. The HC had allowed sale of liquor only through online system and home delivery and noted that there were huge crowds before shops and no social distancing was maintained.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will announce the third tranche of the economic package today that will focus on providing relief to the agriculture and fisheries sectors. The FM will address a press conference at 4pm to share details of the measures.

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,649 and the number of cases climbed to 81,970 on Friday, registering an increase of 100 deaths and 3,967 cases in the last 24 hours since Thursday 8 AM, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Of the 100 deaths reported since Thursday morning, 44 were in Maharashtra, 20 in Gujarat, 9 in Delhi, 8 in West Bengal, five each in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, four in Rajasthan, two each in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and one in Andhra Pradesh.

The Maharashtra government is in favour of extending the lockdown in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Malegaon and Aurangabad, which fall in the red zone category, till May 31, but will leave a final decision on the Centre. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, sources told News18, has also asked the state administration to submit a report on what activities can be allowed outside containment zones in cities that fall in the red zone.

The government is also looking to redraw zonal details such that within orange zones, if some remote areas or tribal areas have zero cases, movement in that area should be allowed. Maharashtra has been the worst affected state and the number of cases have crossed 25,000 with 975 confirmed deaths due to coronavirus.

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus reached more than 300,000 worldwide, with most deaths in Europe and the United States, since the virus emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally of official figures on Thursday at 2030 GMT.

A total of 300,140 people have died across the globe from 4,403,714 officially registered cases. The United States has registered the most deaths at 85,194 followed by Britain with 33,614, Italy at 31,368, France at 27,425 and Spain with 27,321 fatalities.

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