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Coronavirus May 17 Highlights: Maharashtra Records Biggest Daily Increase in Cases, Tamil Nadu Tally Crosses 11,000 | May 17, 2020, 23:17 IST
Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Maharashtra on Sunday recorded the highest daily spike of 2,347 COVID-19 cases, taking the state tally to 33053 cases, a health official said. With 63 more deaths, the death toll in the state is now 1,198, the official said.

The number of coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu crossed 11,000 on Sunday as 689 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours. Of this, 480 were from state capital Chennai alone. The lockdown in the state has been extended till May 31 as it has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
May 17, 2020 23:17 (IST)

With extension of lockdown up to May 31, new guidelines issued by MHA will be applicable based on risk profiling of districts into Red, Green and Orange zones with restrictions imposed. Curfew hours will be notified by District Magistrates from time to time, says Himachal Pradesh Govt.

May 17, 2020 23:14 (IST)

9 more persons test positive for coronavirus in Goa, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 29 including 22 active cases and 7 recovered/discharged, says Goa Health Department.

May 17, 2020 23:02 (IST)

Rajasthan government extends Covid-19 lockdown in the state till May 31.

May 17, 2020 22:50 (IST)

Delhi government issues revised order for 'disposal of bodies of Covid-19 patients/suspected persons'. The fresh Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are to be followed in accordance with 'Covid-19: Guidelines on Dead Body Management' issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

May 17, 2020 22:44 (IST)

Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan directs all states and Union Territories to initiate necessary action in terms of categorisation of red, orange and green zones, delineation of containment zones and buffer zones. Sudan describes the parameters such as active Covid-19 cases, cases per lakh population, doubling and fatality rates for the states and UTs to follow while categorising areas into red, orange or green zones.

May 17, 2020 22:37 (IST)

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba requests state officials through video conference to cooperate in running of more 'Shramik Special' trains to facilitate the movement of migrant workers. The Chairman of Railway Board, present in video conference, assures that more number of special trains can be started if states provide quick clearances. State governments request to make DM & SPs responsible for the safety of migrant labourers. Those found walking will be escorted to camps.

May 17, 2020 22:33 (IST)

Thirteen State Bank of India (SBI) staff in Hyderabad have been quarantined after a customer visiting the Purana Pul branch was tested positive.

May 17, 2020 22:30 (IST)

Since the arrival of special trains, over 4,000 residents of Jammu stranded in other states, de-board at Jammu Tawi Railway Station. Another 1,500 arrive in Jammu by road via Lakhanpur and Thandi-Khui, says Department of Information and Public Relations, Govt of Jammu & Kashmir. The District Administration has set-up quarantine facilities for more than 5,000 passengers at various government buildings where necessary arrangement of bedding and lodging have been put in place. (Photo: ANI)

May 17, 2020 22:26 (IST)

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla writes to Chief Secretaries of all states and UTs asking them to ensure compliance of new guidelines issued for the extended lockdown till May 31 and also reiterates not to dilute the guidelines.

May 17, 2020 22:23 (IST)

Government of Jammu and Kashmir orders that the lockdown guidelines issued on May 3 shall continue to remain valid in J&K till Tuesday, May 19. 

May 17, 2020 22:20 (IST)

33 more Covid-19 cases have been reported in Bihar, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,284, says Principal Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

May 17, 2020 22:13 (IST)

242 new Covid-19 cases and 5 deaths have been reported in Rajasthan, taking the total number of cases to 5,202. There are 2,016 active cases in the state as of now. Death toll stands at 131, says State Health Department.

May 17, 2020 22:08 (IST)

Vande Bharat Mission | The Gulf Air flight (GF 7712) from Bahrain landed at Cochin International Airport in Kerala with 127 passengers. The flight has now returned to Bahrain with 48 passengers from Kochi. (Photo: ANI)

May 17, 2020 22:05 (IST)

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will represent India at the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization on May 18 and 19.

May 17, 2020 22:04 (IST)

Assam Covid-19 Tally Reaches 100 | Three more persons tested Covid-19 positive in Guwahati, of which two had come from Mumbai while one arrived from Bihar. All three have been quarantined in the Sarusajai quarantine centre. Total cases in the state rise to 100, including 55 active active cases, 41 recovered, 2 migrated and 2 deaths.

May 17, 2020 21:57 (IST)

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal holds a meeting at Brahmaputra State Guest House to discuss the issues of providing employment oppurtunities to the state's people returning from outside amid lockdown. The chief minister directs the P&RD department to allot job cards to returning migrant workers and provide them works under MGNREGA at the earliest. He also directs the Industries Department to prepare district wise list of MSMEs for providing benefits to the sector under Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He instructs the Finance Department to discuss with the banks about ways to provide bank loans to returning labourers for engaging them in productive sectors.

May 17, 2020 21:50 (IST)

Vande Bharat Mission | Under the mission, a total of 169 Indians are returning by Air India flight from Dhaka to Kolkata on May 18, say sources. Since a large number of residents from West Bengal are in Bangladesh, special efforts have been undertaken by the High Commission of India in Dhaka to identify those who with compelling reasons to return and accorded them due priority, say sources. In West Bengal, after completion of quarantine, they will travel to their homes spread across more than 20 districts, right from Pashim Bardhaman in West to North 24 Parganas in East and from Purba Medinipur in South to Jalpaiguri in the North.

May 17, 2020 21:45 (IST)

391 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Gujarat, taking the total number of positive cases to 11,380 including 4,499 cured/discharged cases and 659 deaths, says state Health Department.

May 17, 2020 21:29 (IST)
The Manipur Police has detained 819 people for violating the lockdown norms and not wearing masks. Police also detained 610 vehicles for violating the lockdown norms. Since March 25 police has detained 35, 991 people for violating the lockdown norms and seized 26, 811 vehicles.
May 17, 2020 21:27 (IST)
The Rajasthan High Court directed the state government to conduct a COVID-19 test for anyone being sent to judicial or policy custody, making sure that only those who are free of the disease are put behind bars.
May 17, 2020 21:14 (IST)

Nepal extends Covid-19 lockdown till June 2, 2020, says Dr Yubraj Khatiwada, spokesperson of Nepal government.

May 17, 2020 21:09 (IST)

Around 75,000 labourers who were stranded in other states have been brought back to Chhattisgarh, of which 16,000 were brought by trains and the rest by road. As per the arrangements that have been made, trains can run only after the agreement between the two states, this is causing the delays, says CM Bhupesh Baghel. It took 3 days for the state to get permission from Karnataka, similarly Uttar Pradesh is causing delays. The state sought permission from Jammu and Kashmir on May 11 and still have not received it. If Railways had run trains from all states end to end, migrants wouldn't have been forced to walk, says the Chief Minister. 

May 17, 2020 21:02 (IST)

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba will hold a video conference with states at 9 PM for further elaboration of state-specific issues regarding Lockdown 4.0, under which states have to decide various zones and activities to be allowed in these zones. A limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country. States will decide containment zones, red, orange, and green zones. National directives like night curfew and wearing face masks will remain mandatory. States can permit all other activities outside containment zones that are other than the limited number of activities prohibited nationally.

May 17, 2020 20:58 (IST)

1,571 Covid-19 cases and 38 deaths have been reported in Mumbai, taking the total number of cases in the city to 19,967, including 5,012 recovered/discharged and 734 deaths, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

May 17, 2020 20:40 (IST)

62 more Covid-19 cases have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir - 16 from Jammu division and 46 from Kashmir division. Total number of cases in the Union Territory (UT) rises to 1,183, including 595 active cases, 575 recovered and 13 deaths, says UT Government.

May 17, 2020 20:35 (IST)

Maha Covid-19 Tally Crosses 33,000-mark | With 2,347 new positive Covid-19 cases reported in Maharashtra, the total number of cases in the state rises to 33,053 till date. 63 new deaths take the death toll in the state to 1,198. 600 patients have been discharged today, total 7,688 patients have been discharged till now, says State Health Department.

May 17, 2020 20:31 (IST)

Haryana Covid-19 Tally Nears 1,000-mark | Total 910 positive Covid-19 cases and 14 deaths have been reported till date in Haryana. 562 patients have been cured/discharged till now, says Haryana Health Department.

May 17, 2020 20:29 (IST)

25 people who were involved in the incident, where migrant workers ransacked vehicles in Rajkot, have been identified. Investigation is still underway, says Balram Meena, SP Rajkot, Gujarat. Earlier today, migrant workers ransacked vehicles in Shapar industrial area in Rajkot following cancellation of two 'Shramik Special' trains to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Western Railway Rajkot Division has not cancelled or rescheduled any train today. All the trains requested by District Administration have been scheduled and dispatched without any exceptions, says Parmeshwar Funkwal, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Rajkot.

May 17, 2020 20:25 (IST)

Karnataka CM to Hold Meeting Tomorrow to Discuss Lockdown 4.0 | Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa summons for a meeting with ministers and senior officers to discuss about the guidelines issued by the Centre for lockdown 4.0 on May 18 at 11 AM in conference hall, Vidhanasoudha. The steps to be taken and the guidelines to be issued for state will be discussed and finalised in this meeting.

May 17, 2020 20:20 (IST)

South Central Railway operated 93 'Shramik Special' trains till May 17 and carried a total of 1,18,229 passengers to their home towns amid Covid-19 lockdown, says CPRO, South Central Railway.

Coronavirus May 17 Highlights: Maharashtra Records Biggest Daily Increase in Cases, Tamil Nadu Tally Crosses 11,000
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Kerala has reported 14 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases on Sunday, taking the overall tally of active cases in the state to 101, said state health minister KK Shailaja on Sunday said while sounding a word of caution that the third phase of the pandemic would be critical for the state.

As India gears up to enter phase 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown, over 30 municipal areas have been identified in 12 states where maximum restrictions are likely to be imposed as the country surpasses China's rally with over 85,000 cases. According to officials, to chalk out the plan for curbs, the Union health secretary will have a meeting with district medical officers of the selected 30 areas in states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Odisha.

The selected municipal areas are: Brihanmumbai or Greater Mumbai, Greater Chennai, Ahmedabad, Thane, Delhi, Indore, Pune, Kolkata, Jaipur, Nashik, Jodhpur, Agra, Tiruvallur, Aurangabad, Cuddalore, Greater Hyderabad, Surat, Chengalpattu, Ariyalur, Howrah, Kurnool, Bhopal, Amritsar, Villupuram, Vadodara, Udaipur, Palghar, Berhampur, Solapur and Meerut.

The guidelines for phase four of lockdown will be issued today and are expected to be focused on migrant labourers who have been hit the hardest due to the lockdown.

In a bid to regulate the exodus of migrants from cities, Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Disaster Management Authority have come up with a portal 'National Migrant Information system' to document the labourers and facilitate their transport.

In a fresh letter to states, the Union Home Secretary has asked states to use the portal for better inter-state coordination on the migrant movement issue. "The system will help in speedy communication between states without creating additional work for field officers. It has additional advantage like contact tracing, which may be useful in Covid response work," he said. The portal seeks Aadhaar and mobile details to help migrants travel in Shramik trains and keep a track on them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on Monday, had said that the lockdown 4.0 will have a "completely different form", with new rules. "No state wants complete withdrawal of lockdown but all want gradual resumption of economic activities," the official said