Coronavirus Live Updates: Global number inches closer to 5 lakh, death toll crosses 21,000
As India enters Day 2 of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, the total number COVID-19 positive cases has crossed the 600-mark in India. While the cases are rising steadily in India, countries like the United States, Italy and Spain, despite all their efforts, have been struggling to contain the outbreak. To work out a global plan to contain the highly contagious outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with leaders of G20 nations, will hold a virtual summit via video conferencing today.
Nitin Gadkari suspends toll collection to ease emergency services
Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highway has announced to temporarily suspend toll collection at toll plazas to ease emergency services in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The BJP minister stated the maintenance of roads and availability of emergency resources at toll plaza would continue in a usual manner.
China reports second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus transmissions, imported cases rise
Mainland China reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus cases as the country's epicenter of the epidemic Hubei province opened its borders, but imported cases rose as Beijing ramped controls to prevent a resurgence of infections.
Coronavirus impact: Swiggy, Zomato orders drop 60%
Restaurants have taken a severe beating since the outbreak of coronavirus. By extension food delivery platforms such as Swiggy and Zomato -- that are by functioning by themselves -- have also taken a big hit. Orders on Swiggy and Zomato have dropped 60 per cent amid the pandemic.
India readies massive COVID-19 testing plan
In a move that indicates India is readying for massive novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has sought price quotes for the supply of 10 lakh antibody kits (serological test) for diagnosis of COVID-19. It will also procure 7 lakh RNA extraction kits, for a method which is currently used for COVID-19 testing in the country. The quotes should reach ICMR on March 26. The decision marks a clear shift in India's approach towards COVID-19 testing.