Maharashtra toll 12 after death of 2 more COVID-19 patients Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

MUMBAI, (PTI): Two more COVID-19 patients died in Maharashtra, taking the state toll to 12, health officials said on Wednesday. One was a 75-year-old man from Mumbai, while the other, a 50-year-old man, died in adjoining Palghar district, the officials said. "The 75-year-old male patient died..

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Stranded by virus lockdown, India migrant workers walk home Friday, March 27th, 2020

NEW DELHI, (AFP): With India locked down over the coronavirus and no way to earn money, Dilipji Thakor faces a grim choice: either walk home or die hungry. Thakor is among millions of migrant workers left jobless and penniless by the full shutdown of the country on Wednesday that has sparked an..

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India’s coronavirus heroes come under attack

NEW DELHI, (AFP): They have been hailed as India's coronavirus "heroes", but doctors, nurses, delivery drivers and other frontline workers have been attacked and in some cases evicted from their homes by panicked residents. Some e-commerce giants have even halted deliveries partly due to the..

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India’s prime minister decrees 21-day lockdown to curb virus Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

By EMILY SCHMALL and SHEIKH SAALIQ, NEW DELHI (AP): India will begin the world’s largest lockdown on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address, warning citizens to stay inside or risk inviting the pandemic into their homes, and pledging $2 billion to bolster the..

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Coronavirus cases rise to 258 in India: Health Ministry Saturday, March 21st, 2020

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 258 on Saturday after 35 fresh cases were reported in various parts of the country, according to the Health Ministry. Among the 258 are 39 foreign nationals, including 17 from Italy, three from the Philippines, two from the UK, one each..

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Novel coronavirus cases climb to 223 in India Friday, March 20th, 2020

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 223 on Friday after 50 more people were infected with the fast-spreading virus in various parts of the country, according to Health Ministry data. Among those found positive for coronavirus are 32 foreign nationals, including 17 from..

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India hangs four men over 2012 Delhi bus gang-rape Thursday, March 19th, 2020

NEW DELHI, (AFP): India executed four men on Friday for the gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion. The four were hanged before dawn at Tihar Jail in the Indian capital, the head of the prison, Sandeep Goel, told..

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PM calls for Janta Curfew, urges people to stay indoors

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a fervent appeal to all Indians to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid getting infected by coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a danger as grave as this. He called for 'Janta curfew' on March 22 from 7 am-9 pm, saying..

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Lack of clean water for India’s poor spawns virus concerns Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

By SHEIKH SAALIQ, NEW DELHI (AP): Dharam Singh Rajput can’t afford to buy hand sanitizer, which could help ward off transmission of the coronavirus in his community. The Rajput family could opt for something more basic — soap and water — to achieve hand hygiene. But sometimes there is no..

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What Trump Needs To Say Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Recently, a reporter at the daily White House coronavirus briefing asked US President Donald Trump what he would say to his fearful fellow citizens. Here is what..