Apps allowing citizens to track whether they came in contact with infected people are quickly increasing on the Google and Apple app stores. Photo: Bloomberg
Apps allowing citizens to track whether they came in contact with infected people are quickly increasing on the Google and Apple app stores. Photo: Bloomberg

India turns to location surveillance to contain spread of Covid-19

  • Most of these apps use smartphone locations and tally them against government databases of infected personnel
  • They can alert users if they came in contact with anyone who has been infected and direct them to stay indoors.

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is displayed outside the bourse's building in Mumbai, India, on Friday, March 27, 2020. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut interest rates and announced steps to boost liquidity in a stimulus worth 3.2% of gross domestic product to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is displayed outside the bourse's building in Mumbai, India, on Friday, March 27, 2020. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut interest rates and announced steps to boost liquidity in a stimulus worth 3.2% of gross domestic product to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

Market outlook: Hope and despair

  • RBI has gone out with all guns blazing to counter the dip due to escalations in Covid-19 cases
  • Spends on big-ticket discretionary expenses such as auto are taking a hit. Even if the lockdown is lifted, it will take months to streamline auto operation

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RBI has issued statements stating that the mega merger plan will come into affect from April    (Mint)
RBI has issued statements stating that the mega merger plan will come into affect from April (Mint)

Mega merger of PSU banks comes into force from April 1, says RBI

  • Bank unions want the merger plan to be delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown
  • Banking services across the country are impacted due to the effect of COVID-19 as a near shut down is being observed across the country

New Delhi: People wear protective masks as precaution against coronavirus, outside AIIMS hospital in New Delhi, Friday, March 20, 2020. The virus has infected more than 2,00,000 people worldwide and killed over 9,000. In India, the number of cases rose to 195 after 22 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)(PTI20-03-2020_000048B) (PTI)
New Delhi: People wear protective masks as precaution against coronavirus, outside AIIMS hospital in New Delhi, Friday, March 20, 2020. The virus has infected more than 2,00,000 people worldwide and killed over 9,000. In India, the number of cases rose to 195 after 22 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)(PTI20-03-2020_000048B) (PTI)

Central government employees can now use Railway hospitals

  • The Railways has decided that the services of railway hospitals across the country would remain available for all Central government employees
  • Earlier only railway employees were entitled for treatment at railway hospitals

FILE PHOTO: A paramedic staff member enters a newly setup isolation ward for the people who suffer symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a hospital in Kolkata, India, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A paramedic staff member enters a newly setup isolation ward for the people who suffer symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a hospital in Kolkata, India, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo (REUTERS)

Coronavirus testing: List of govt labs, approved private labs

  • ICMR has allowed 44 private labs to conduct Covid-19 tests accross the country
  • As on Sunday,the total coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 979

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Ambulance workers in full protective gear arrive with a patient at the Severo Ochoa Hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Leganes, Spain (Reuters)
Ambulance workers in full protective gear arrive with a patient at the Severo Ochoa Hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Leganes, Spain (Reuters)

Coronavirus update: Spain confirms 838 new deaths, toll crosses 6,500

  • The number of recoveries climbed to approximately 14,700, according to the ministry
  • The overall number of cases now stands at 78,797, and some 4,900 patients are in critical condition

These clinics have been equipped with all the necessary equipment and adequate number of doctors and paramedics: Municipal corporation of Bangalore
These clinics have been equipped with all the necessary equipment and adequate number of doctors and paramedics: Municipal corporation of Bangalore

Bangalore municipal corporation opens 31 fever clinics in city

  • The municipal corporation of Bangalore said 17 hotels have been identified in the city to quarantine the suspected coronavirus patients
  • Payments will be made to these hotels based on the occupancy of patients

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The SpiceJet aircraft, which will be used for Sunday's special flight, will be thoroughly cleaned and fumigated upon its return to Delhi. (Reuters)
The SpiceJet aircraft, which will be used for Sunday's special flight, will be thoroughly cleaned and fumigated upon its return to Delhi. (Reuters)

Covid-19: SpiceJet pilot tests positive

  • The pilot didn't operate any international flights in March, the airline said
  • SpiceJet has directed staff who came in contact with the pilot to observe self-quarantine

Police personnel, wearing protective masks, stop commuters during lockdown in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic, in Kochi (PTI)
Total coronavirus cases in India has risen to 979 (PTI)
The government will impart training to MBBS students of the government establishments in the first phase. (iStock)
The government will impart training to MBBS students of the government establishments in the first phase. (iStock)

Odisha govt to train MBBS students for COVID-19

  • Odisha government's decision is aimed to meet the shortage of doctors to fight the coronavirus outbreak
  • The Odisha government has also decided to train both government and private doctors

People maintain social distance in a shop while buying vegetables and other essentials during the lockdown in Noida. (ANI Photo)
People maintain social distance in a shop while buying vegetables and other essentials during the lockdown in Noida. (ANI Photo)

Coronavirus cases in Noida: With 5 new patients, COVID-19 cases rises to 31

  • Those who tested positive for coronavirus were a 31-year-old man from Dadri's Bishnoli village, a 19-year-old girl from Sector 27
  • Two men aged 34 and 35 years and a 35-year-old woman from a housing society in Noida Sector 137 were also tested positive for coronavirus

A leading telecom operator wants to replace 650 fingerprint based attendance system with facial recognition system across India (Photo: iStock)
An ambulance driver wearing a protective face mask and suit takes a break near the emergency unit at 12 de Octubre hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain. (REUTERS)
An ambulance driver wearing a protective face mask and suit takes a break near the emergency unit at 12 de Octubre hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain. (REUTERS)

Spain’s coronavirus death toll rises by record 838 overnight to 6,528

  • The total number of those infected rose to 78,797 from 72,248 on Saturday
  • Except for a brief lull recorded on Thursday, Spain's death toll has been rising daily

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