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China's lethal CoronaVirus has been official renamed as 'COVID-19' by WHO (World Health Organisation).

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DO THE FIVE (Help stop coronavirus)
  1. HANDSWash them often
  2. ELBOWCough into it
  3. FACEdon't touch it
  4. SPACEKeep safe distance
  5. HOMEStay if you can
Use alcohol based hand washes or sanitizers.
  • Keep your Hands to yourself. Do not touch here and there while travelling and do not touch back yourself specially your face.
  • The main route of transmission of CoronaVirus is through the respiratory tract. The virus can also be detected in other body fluids and excreta.
Prevention, Symptoms and Care for CoronaVirus :
  • Hand hygiene & Respiratory etiquette are essential at this stage. This means frequent use of hand sanitizers and covering your face with a handkerchief/ tissue/ hand with a flexed elbow to prevent droplets from reaching people around you. Avoid close contact with people who are showing signs of respiratory illness such as sneezing and coughing. Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • N95 masks are known to help with prevention of such outbreaks.
  • Anyone with likely symptoms (cough, fever, breathlessness, feeling of being unwell, malaise, runny nose, sore throat, weakness, pneumonia & in severe cases- kidney failure) must consult a physician immediately & also are advised to avoid contact with other family members.
  • Immunosuppressed people are at a higher risk and are advised to be extra careful.
  • Ensure that Eggs & meat are thoroughly cooked prior to consumption
  • It is reassuring that the government has released a health advisory and is screening airports for any visitors from China.
  • Currently there is no vaccine available to prevent the virus.
  • Spread awareness regarding the above to family & friends.
India ramps up efforts to contain the spread of Novel CoronaVirus :

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.

The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in India was reported on 30 January 2020.

On 30 January, India reported its first case of COVID-19 in Kerala, which rose to three cases by 3 February; all were students who had returned from Wuhan, China. No significant rise in cases was seen in the rest of February. On 4 March 22 new cases came to light, including those of an Italian tourist group with 14 infected members.

The transmission escalated during March, after several cases were reported all over the country, most of which were linked to people with a travel history to affected countries. On 12 March, a 76-year-old man who had returned from Saudi Arabia became the first victim of the virus in the country.

On 11 March 2020, WHO declared Novel CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic and reiterated the call for countries to take immediate actions and scale up response to treat, detect and reduce transmission to save people’s lives.


On 19 March 2020, Modi asked all citizens to observe "Janata Curfew" (people's curfew) from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday, 22 March.

On 22 March 2020, India observed a 14-hour voluntary public curfew at the instance of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He implored all Indians to stay at home for the next few weeks, and if possible, to also work from home. He also asked citizens to step out onto their house rooftops or balconies at 5 pm on 22 March, and clap their hands to appreciate the hard work of emergency services like doctors, police, health workers, emergency medical services, emergency health services, government officials, home delivery services, etc..

The government followed it up with lockdowns in 75 districts where COVID-19 cases had occurred as well as all major cities.  The lockdown was placed when the number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases in India was approximately 500.

Further, on 24 March, the prime minister ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, affecting the entire 1.3 billion population of India.

  • On 14 April, the prime minister extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown till 3 May.
  • On 1 May, lockdown across the country was further extended by two more weeks till 17 May.
  • On 17 May, NDMA extended the lockdown till 31 May in all Indian States.
Zonal classification

The Government divided the entire nation into three zones – Green Zone, Red Zone, Orange Zone.

  • Red zone (Hotspots) – districts with high doubling rate and high number of active cases
  • Orange zone (Non-hotspots) – districts with fewer cases
  • Green zone – districts without confirmed cases or without new cases in last 21 days
WHO Country Office for India support :

The WHO Country Office for India has been working closely with MoHFW, on preparedness and response measures for COVID-19, including disease surveillance, laboratory and research protocols, risk communications, training on infection prevention and control and cluster containment plan, surveillance and tracking of travelers.

In a video-conference held on 15 April 2020, MoHFW and WHO deliberated on further strengthening the partnership and additional measures that can be taken to step up the response to COVID-19 in the country. In his address, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare said, "WHO is an important partner in our fight against the COVID-19. I really value guidance and contributions made by the WHO in containing spread of COVID-19 across the country."

"India is now in a decisive phase of the response. As in the case of polio, in combating COVID-19 too, surveillance is playing a central role.  Accordingly, at the request of the government, WHO has further stepped up the support in strengthening ongoing surveillance and response at state, district and block levels; cluster containment activities; strengthening real-time data collection activities; and accelerated implementation of the national Integrated Health Information Platform. Our entire field presence, including the National Public Health Surveillance Project, has been fully re-purposed to support the government to overcome this challenge," says Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India.

The latest count of CoronaVirus cases in India as confirmed by the Government of India.
SNo. State Confirmed Cases Active Cases Cured/Discharged Death
1 Andaman And Nicobar Islands 3744 189 3503 52
2 Andhra Pradesh 654385 69353 579474 5558
3 Arunachal Pradesh 8416 2331 6071 14
4 Asom (Assam) 165582 29830 135141 608
5 Bihar 174266 13687 159700 878
6 Chandigarh 10968 2482 8342 144
7 Chhattisgarh 95623 36038 58833 752
8 Dadra and Nagar Haveli 2978 197 2749 2
9 Delhi 260623 31125 224375 5123
10 Goa 30552 5822 24347 383
11 Gujarat 128949 16256 109311 3382
12 Haryana 118544 18889 98410 1255
13 Himachal Pradesh 13386 3984 9232 145
14 Jammu And Kashmir 68614 19451 48079 1084
15 Jharkhand 76438 12841 62945 652
16 Karnataka 548557 95549 444658 8331
17 Kerala 154458 45921 107846 614
18 Ladakh 3696 1022 2893 54
19 Madhya Pradesh 115361 22744 90495 2122
20 Maharashtra 1282963 274993 973214 34345
21 Manipur 9537 2106 7369 62
22 Meghalaya 5083 1982 3058 43
23 Mizoram 1786 681 1105 0
24 Nagaland 5730 1088 4598 11
25 Odisha 196888 35039 161044 805
26 Puducherry 24895 5097 19311 487
27 Punjab 105220 20679 81475 3066
28 Rajasthan 122720 18993 102330 1397
29 Sikkim 2612 608 1973 31
30 Tamilnadu 563691 46405 508210 9076
31 Telangana 179246 30037 148139 1070
32 Tripura 24127 6378 17464 262
33 Uttar Pradesh 374277 61300 307611 5366
34 Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) 44404 11507 32154 542
35 West Bengal 237869 25221 208042 4606
Total cases of India 5816188969825475350192322
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*Disclaimer : The data is updated on a daily basis at 09:00 AM (IST). The counts may vary.