Eid-ul-Adha: Two-day relaxation for shopping in Srinagar

As people continue to gather for Eid shopping despite restrictions, the district administration in Srinagar on Tuesday allowed the shops to from 9 am to 5 pm on July 29, 30.

Shops to open with strict adherence to COVID-19 preventive guidelines. Maximum penalties in the form of sealings, fines will be imposed against violators.


Essential services shops will open for two days on 29 and 30 July with strict adherence to notified COVID-19 preventive guidelines in Srinagar, the district administration said.

The two-day relaxation in lockdown has been given in view of the Eid festival later this week, said a spokesman of the district administration on Tuesday.

The shops dealing in essential services and commodities will open from 9 am to 5 pm. Business establishments dealing in non-essential services and commodities will remain shut till further notification to this effect.

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In view of the COVID-19 situation in the district, there will be strict adherence to COVID-19 preventive protocols mandating face mask and distancing guidelines.

Violations will attract maximum penalties – in the form of sealings and fines – under the Disaster Management Act.

Enforcement teams – several in each tehsil – have been activated across the district to ensure adherence and strict action against violations wherever noticed or reported. Both shops and shoppers will be under the watch of these teams to check violations, Srinagar administration said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, the Srinagar district administration has constituted and notified joint market-checking teams to prevent overpricing of commodities during Eid shopping.

Earlier on Monday, people came out of their houses in Srinagar for the purpose of shopping with maximum shops seen open late in the evening.

COVID-19 tests in the country have crossed the 1 crore

The number of COVID-19 tests in the country have crossed the 1 crore (10 million) mark as the number of total cases crossed seven lakh on Monday, government data showed.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare termed the milestone of one crore tests a “significant achievement.”



“This signifies the importance accorded to widespread testing and the focussed  “Test, Trace, Treat” strategy with several follow-up measures taken in tandem by the Central government and the states and UTs,” the Health Ministry said.

During the last 24 hours 3,46,459 samples have been tested. The cumulative number of samples tested, as of now is 1,01,35,525.


“This achievement has also been possible by the continuously expanding network of testing labs throughout the country. As on date, more than 1105 labs have enables people to undergo COVID tests. There are 788 labs in the government sector and 317 private labs,” it said.

While there are 592 Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs, including 368 government labds and 224 private facilities, the number of TrueNat based testing labs in the country is 421 which includes 387 government centres. The number of CBNAAT based testing labs in the country is 92, including 33 government labs and 59 private centres.


The ministry further said that the consistent and focussed efforts for containment and management of COVID-19 by the Central Government along with the states and UTs have led to the number of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients rise to 4,24,432, which is above 60%.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 15,350 COVID-19 patients have been cured, it said.

There are 1,71,145 more recovered patients than COVID-19 active cases. This takes the national recovery rate amongst COVID-19 to 60.86%. There are 2,53,287 active cases and all are under active medical supervision.

Meanwhile, the latest updates provided by the states put the number of total cases in the country above seven lakh.

research study of Patanjali’s COVID drug Coronil

The Centre on Tuesday said it has taken cognizance of the reports of an Ayurvedic medicine manufactured by Patanjali, which the company claims can cure COVID-19.


The Ministry of AYUSH said it has taken cognizance of the news about “Ayurvedic medicines developed for the treatment of COVID-19 by Patanjali”. Facts of the claim and details of the stated scientific study are not known to the ministry, it said.

This came on the day the number of coronavirus cases in India touched 4.4 lakh while the death toll crossed 14,000.

“The concerned Ayurvedic drug manufacturing company has been informed that such advertisements of drugs including Ayurvedic medicines am regulated under the provisions of Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 and Rules thereunder and the directives issued by the Central Government in the wake of COVID outbreak,” the Ministry of AYUSH said.

Ministry had also issued a Gazette Notification on April 21, 2020 stating the requirements and the manner the research studies on COVID-19 with Ayush interventions and medicines should be undertaken.

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Patanjali has been asked to provide details of the name and composition of the medicines and other related information.

“In order to make this Ministry aware of the facts of the aforesaid news and verify the claims, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd has been asked to provide at the earliest details of the name and composition of the medicines being claimed for COVID treatment; site(s)/hospital(s), where the research study was conducted for COVID-19; protocol, sample size, Institutional Ethics Committee clearance, CTRI registration and results data of the study (ies) and stop advertising/publicizing such claims till the issue is duly examined,” the ministry said.

Ministry has also requested concerned State Licensing Authority of Uttrakhand government to provide copies of license and product approval details of the Ayurvedic medicines being claimed for the treatment of COVID -19.

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While launching the drug, Ramdev on Tuesday claimed that the medicine is clinically controlled and based on research, evidence, and trial, following which it has been found that the medicine cures 69% of patients in three days and 100% of patients in 7 days.

“We are proud to announce that the first Ayurvedic, clinically controlled trial based evidence and research-based medicine has been prepared by the combined efforts of Patanjali Research Centre and NIMS,” Yoga Guru Ramdev said at the press conference at the Patanjali Yopeeth in Haridwar, adding that it has shown “100% recovery rate within 3-7 days.”

“We are launching COVID medicines Coronil and Swasari today. We conducted two trials of these, first clinical controlled study, which took place in Delhi, Ahmedabad, among many other cities. Under this 280 patients were included and 100% of those recovered. We were able to control Corona and its complications in this. After this the all-important clinical control trial was conducted,” he added.

With an increase of 14,933 new cases and 312 deaths in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 count reached 4,40,215 on Tuesday. According to the latest update by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), 14,011 deaths have been recorded due to the infection in the country so far.

Chinese researchers to conduct phase 2 of human trial

The Institute of Medical Biology at Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (IMBCAMS) said on Sunday that it has started a second phase human trial of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

As of now, more than a dozen vaccines are in different stages of human trials globally.


However,  none of the vaccines have passed late-stage phase 3 clinical trials, a step required for getting regulatory approval for sale.

IMBCAMS began on Saturday a phase 2 human test for its experimental shot. The phase-2 trial will determine the shot`s dose and continue to evaluate whether the potential vaccine can safely trigger immune responses in healthy people, Reuters reported.

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The institute further says that it expects to use a plant dedicated to producing a coronavirus vaccine this year to prepare for China`s future vaccine supplies.

Meanwhile, there are about 30 groups in India, including big industry, startups and academics, who are working on COVID-19 vaccine development and about 20 of them are keeping a good pace, Government’s top scientific advisor said on May 28.

Addressing a media briefing on the coronavirus situation in the country, Professor K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, said the logistics of making COVID-19 vaccine accessible to everyone is a big challenge which is being discussed by the government now.

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Raghavan said a vaccine normally takes 10-15 years to develop and costs $ 200 – 300 million but the effort now is to do this in 1 year which would raise the cost substantially.

“…we need to do parallel processing. Instead of working on 1 COVID-19 vaccine, the world is working on ~ 100 vaccines at the same time. Simultaneously, we have to speed up regulatory processes without compromising on safety, expand manufacturing capacity and build distribution systems, so, instead of $200-300 million, it will cost $2-3 billion,” he said.

Raghavan noted that India’s vaccine manufacturing is world-class.

The Coronavirus has now infected more than 8.8 Million people, killing 465000 people worldwide.

The virus was first detected in late 2019 in China, and is believed to have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan.

Railways appeals persons with co-morbidities

The Indian Railways on Friday appealed people to avoid travel on ‘Shramik’ special trains if they have co-morbidities like hypertension, diabetes and cancer.


This comes after reports of deaths in special trains being run to transport stranded migrant workers from different parts of the country.

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“It has been observed that some people who are availing this service have pre-existing medical conditions which aggravate the risk they face during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few unfortunate cases of deaths related to pre-existing medical conditions while travelling have happened,” Railways said in an appeal.

Besides asking people with co-morbidities to avoid travel, the Railways has also asked pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above 65 years of age to avoid travel by rail.

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“​In order to protect the vulnerable persons from COVID-19, in line with Ministry of Home Affairs, Order No 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 17.05.2020, Ministry of Railways makes an appeal that persons with co-morbidities (for example – hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, immune deficiency conditions), pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above 65 years of age may avoid travel by rail, except when it is essential,” the appeal shared by Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said.

The Indian Railways on Thursday said it has 3736 “Shramik’ special trains have been operationalised from various states across the country and around 50 lakh migrants have been transported in 27 days.

Coronavirus : In highest spike yet, India COVID-19

Coronavirus The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 1.25 lakh-mark on Saturday, while the death toll has topped the 3,700-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 1,25,101 cases, which includes 69,597 active cases; 51,783 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 3,720 deaths.


According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 6,654 new COVID-19 cases and 137 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. In fact, this is the highest spike in India’s COVID-19 tally so far. The last highest jump was of a spike of about 6,088 cases yesterday, thereby marking three significant and consecutive highest jumps in the country’s COVID-19 tally.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India was nearing 1.2 lakh-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 3,500-mark. However, the recovery rate this morning stands at 41.39%, the Health Ministry informed.

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Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 44,582 positive cases of infection and 1,517 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 27,000-mark and the death toll has topped the 900-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 27,251 cases and 909 deaths.

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia’s biggest slum — Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 14,753 cases, which overtook Gujarat due to a recent massive spike in the number of cases. Gujarat is third on the list with 13,273 cases.

After Gujarat comes Delhi, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 12,319 with 5,897 patients recovered and 208 fatalities. Rajasthan has reported 6,494 cases of which 3,680 have recovered and 153 patients are dead.

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Madhya Pradesh has reported 6,170 positive cases so far of which 3,089 patients have recovered and 272 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 5,735 people have confirmed

In Kerala, which reported the country’s first COVID-19 case, 733 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak continues to spread like wildfire in India, the central and state governments are respectively amping up all of their efforts to check potential contamination.

The Union Home Ministry had on Wednesday dropped domestic air travel from the list of prohibited activities during the ongoing lockdown over COVID-19, as the government announced the resumption of services from May 25.

On the other hand, the Indian Railways has stated that it will run 200 non-AC passenger trains from June 1. These new trains will be plying in addition to the ‘Shramik Special’ trains and air-conditioned special trains which are carrying passengers from Delhi to 15 major cities

Coronavirus: 42,836 confirmed, 1,389 deaths in India

The death toll due to COVID-19 crossed 1300 on Monday with the number of infected cases rising above 42,000 in the country, according to the Union Health Ministry.


As per the latest update provided by the ministry, the number of active COVID-19 cases in India stands at 29,685 as 11,761 people were cured and discharged, and one patient migrated.

A total of 42,836 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in India so far with 1,389 deaths. This included 111 foreign nationals who have been infected with the virus.

In the last 24 hours, 2573 new cases and 83 deaths have been recorded across the country.

Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with 12,974 cases and 548 deaths. 2115 people have been cured and discharged in the state, the data provided by the Centre said.

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Gujarat is just behind Maharashtra in terms of both the number of cases and fatalities. As per the data provided by the Union Health Ministry, 5,428 people are confirmed to have contracted the virus while 290 have succumbed to the disease.

elhi has reported 4,549 cases of coronavirus with 64 deaths and 1362 people have been discharged after the treatment, the data on the MoHFW website showed.

Madhya Pradesh has a total of 2942 positive cases including 798 patients recovered/discharged and 165 fatalities.

The Centre last week announced the extension of nationwide lockdown for two weeks. The third phase of lockdown started on Monday and will continue till May 17. The nationwide started on March 25, a day after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The Centre has eased restrictions in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into red (hotspot), green and orange zones.

The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the green and orange zones.

While some states have decided to abide by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs‘ guidelines to regulate different activities in the red, green, and orange hotspot zones based on risk profiling, some of the other states have decided to modify the pre-existing regulations to allow considerable relaxation. Many states have announced the opening of shops selling non-essential items like clothes, shoes, stationery, paan, cigarettes, and liquor.

All Visas to India Suspended Till April 15-Coronavirus

The government has suspended all visas to India as the cases of coronavirus in the country sharply spiked and the World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic. Altogether, 67 people in India are infected, a chunk of them are a group of tourists from Italy. The Union health ministry said all existing visas — except diplomatic, official, UN/International organizations, employment and project visas — will be suspended till April 15.


“This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure,” read a communique issued late Wednesday night after a meeting of a Group of Ministers headed by health minister Dr. Harshvardhan. Visa facilities had been partially suspended earlier from the COVID-19 nations, countries where the virus is on a rampage.

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Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:

  1. The World Health Organisation has declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, meaning a disease that has spread worldwide and affected the huge number of people. In a series of tweets, the WHO said it was “deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity (of the virus), and by the alarming levels of inaction”.
  2. The government communique that announced the suspension of visas this evening, also said, “Visa-free travel facility granted to OCI cardholders is kept in abeyance till April 15th, 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure”.
  3. It also said all incoming travelers, including Indian nationals from COVID-19 nations – China Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain, and Germany — after February 15, shall be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days.
  4. “International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated check posts with robust screening facilities. These will be notified separately,” the communique read.

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  1. The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in India now stands at 67, with fresh cases reported in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala, and Karnataka.
  2. Maharashtra has reported 10 cases of the virus – two of them in Mumbai and eight in Pune. More than 40 “First contacts” of five coronavirus patients have been placed under observation in Maharashtra.
  3. Three cases have been detected in Jaipur, two of the Italians and a third an Indian national who came back from Dubai.
  4. The coronavirus scare has forced the closure of schools and colleges in parts of the country. Delhi has shut its primary schools till March 31. Kashmir and Ladakh have shut its schools and colleges and the Indian Institute of Management has postponed its annual convocation.
  5. Health is a state subject, every state is taking its own measures. So to bring them under the Union Health Ministry and jointly deal with the coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has invoked Section 10 of the Disaster Management Act and asked all state to invoke Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act.
  6. The Maharashtra government has banned ticket sales for the 2020 Indian Premier League opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The match is scheduled to be held on March 29 and will be the first of the 13th season of the IPL which will continue till May 24 at various venues across the country.