Corona Update

Corona Update
  • Coronavirus Cases: 287,458
  • Deaths: 11,897
  • Recovered: 93,617
  • Indian Railways relaxes refund rules for travel for a period of March 21-June 21 today.
  • The government launches chatbot on WhatsApp to create awareness about coronavirus, curb misinformation.
  • NMDC announces Rs 1,000 assistance for employees to buy sanitizers, masks.
  • Mauritius reports the first coronavirus death as cases arise.
  • HRD ministry tells educational institutions to allow students still in hostels to stay put.
  • The government of India said that 111 labs for testing coronavirus will be functional across India from today.
  • PM Modi thanks Maldives Bhutan, Nepal for contributing to the COVID-19 emergency fund.
  • Health Ministry undertakes training for critical care management at 1,000 places.
  • Odisha announces a week-long lockdown for 40 percent of the state starting tomorrow. This will include state capital Bhubaneswar, twin city Cuttack and important industrial townships.
  • Pension for elderly, widows, specially-abled being doubled in Delhi.
  • West Bengal Govt orders shutting down of all restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, amusement parks, museums, and zoos till March 31
  • Delhi CM said that “50 percent buses won’t ply on Delhi roads during Janta curfew”.
  • AIIMS suspends walk-in OPD registration from March 23.
  • Goa Govt invokes Section 144 to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
  • Cabinet approves the inclusion of the AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres component of Ayushman Bharat in National AYUSH Mission.
  • Maharashtra Govt asks private/public establishments not to terminate the services of employees or deduct wages.
  • Iran reports 123 new coronavirus deaths, raising total to 1,556.
  • Govt caps the maximum retail price of 200ml hand sanitizer at Rs 100 till June.
  • Coronavirus cases in Pak surge to 510.
  • Indian student creates sanitizer robot in Dubai.
  • Hands-free sanitizer dispenser for passers-by in Kochi.
  • J&K Wakf Board has suspended prayers in all the shrines and mosques, including the display of the Holy Relic.
  • Tesla shutting down the California plant on March 23.
  • 215 evacuees from Milan at ITBP Chhawla Quarantine Facility, Delhi have tested negative for Coronavirus after 7 days stay at the facility.
  • Punjab Roadways not to ply buses on March 22.
  • Central Railway will run approx 60% suburban services, of the total, on 22.03.2020.
  • AAI stated that “12 airports in the northeast region fall under the essential services category, so will be functional tomorrow during Janta Curfew. Domestic flights will keep operating”.
  • Northern Railways create sanitizers and masks on their own to beat the shortage.
  • Maharashtra Govt has asked employers in public & private establishments to not retrench workers or reduce their wages.
  • Railways relax refund rules for PRS counter-generated tickets from March 21 to April 15.
  • Assam invokes Epidemic Act.
  • Goa government has banned the movement of passenger vehicles plying from Karnataka and Maharashtra into Goa from midnight.
  • CBSE launches toll-free helpline for students, parents on coronavirus safeguards.
  • Anupam Kher opts for self-isolation after returning from New York.
  • Strict restrictions on movement and assembly of people in Kashmir markets shut.
  • Google launches coronavirus website in the United States.
  • Tata Group to fully compensate temporary staff amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • IGI airport bars all international flights for one week from Mar 22.
  • SBI opens an emergency credit line for borrowers.
  • Goa launches a self-assessment interactive app on Coronavirus a first in the country.
  • Uber suspends the taxi booking option in Saudi Arabia.
  • Alibaba founder Jack Ma to donate emergency supplies to South Asian countries.
  • Bar Council extends support to ‘Janata Curfew’.
  • ICMR revises testing strategy to fight the spread of new coronavirus.
  • PIL in Delhi HC seeking face-masks and hand sanitizers to all prisoners.
  • US Vice President Mike Pence’s staffer has been tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Colombia to begin mandatory isolation from Tuesday.
  • Air India to mount a 787-Dreamliner to Rome today to evacuate students, other travelers or any Indians stranded there.
  • AIIMS, New Delhi has decided to postpone all non-essential elective procedures and surgeries for now.
  • Delhi government will pay salaries to all contractual, daily wage workers, guest teachers at places that have been shut due to coronavirus.

Edited by J. Madonna Jephi

Approved & Published – Sakshi Raje


  • The Economic Times, March 21, 2020.
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Vaibhav Goyal
Vaibhav Goyal is a 3rd year BA.LLB (H) student of UILS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. He also basically belongs to the “City Beautiful-Chandigarh”. He had interned and have work experience at various Central and State Government bodies of India including the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi; the Central Information Commission, New Delhi; U.T. Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, etc. His research projects includes the study on the Right to Emergency Services (PSHRC), Resettlement of Migrant People (NHRC), Implications of RTI in Financial Institutions (CIC), etc. His publications involve articles in different fields of law like administrative, jurisprudence, etc. on online journals including the Juscholars Blog, Burnished Law Journal, etc. His research paper on Prison Reform was published in the Panjab University Journal and his paper was selected in category of best abstract on the topic of Naxalism: A State of Lawlessness and Arbitrariness. He had scored well in various competitions of law consisting of Quiz, Essay Writing, Lecture, Declamation, etc. He had also participated in various conferences including the World Law Forum Conference on Strategic Lawsuits on Public Participation held in New Delhi on Oct 20, 2018 and the National Law Conclave 2020 held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Jan 11, 2020.