Corona-19 timeline

  • June 16, 2020

    India registers more than 10,000 cases for the fifth day in a row.

  • June 14, 2020

    India’s COVID-19 death toll crosses the 9,000-mark.

  • June 12, 2020

    India’s case count crosses the 3,00,000 mark with a surge of over 10,000 cases in the last 24 hours. Doubling time of coronavirus cases in India has improved to 17.4 days, from the 15.4 days, as per Health Ministry. 

  • June 11, 2020

    India overtakes the United Kingdom to become the country with the fourth highest incidence of COVID-19. India registers it's highest single-day spike, recording 11,000 COVID-19 cases on the day, taking the total to 2,97,928.

  • June 9, 2020

    COVID-19 death toll rises to 7,466 and the cases mount to 2,66,598 in India.

  • June 7, 2020

    Registering a new high in the number of daily cases detected, India overtakes Spain to become the country with the fifth highest confirmed COVID-19 infections. Death toll nears 7,000, even as the recovery rate remains at close to 48%.

  • June 6, 2020

    India goes past Italy to become the sixth worst-hit nation by COVID-19, with the country registering a record single-day spike of 9,887 cases which pushed the nationwide tally to 2,36,657. Death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 6,642, with a record increase of 294 deaths in the 24 hours. 

  • June 4, 2020

    According to the Union Health Ministry, India’s current fatality rate is 2.80%. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat continue to lead in terms of cases.

  • June 1, 2020

    India currently has over 2.07 lakh coronavirus infections, with a death toll of over 5,800.

  • May 31, 2020

    India registers a highest single-day spike of 8,380 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

  • May 30, 2020

    Ministry of Home Affairs released new guidelines called ‘Unlock 1.0’ to commence from June 8. India registers its highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases with 7,964 cases and 265 deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

  • May 28, 2020

    India registers 6,566 cases and 194 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases was 1,58,333, comprising 86,110 active ones, 67,692 cured/discharged and 4,531 deaths, according to the Health Ministry.

  • May 26, 2020

    COVID-19 cases cross 1,50,000; death toll exceeds 4,300. Recovery rate improves from 26.59 % on May 2 to 41.61% as per Health Ministry.

  • May 25, 2020

     Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the total number of cases in India has surpassed that of Iran and India now has the 10th highest number of confirmed cases worldwide. 1,38,845 tested positive in the country and the death toll stands at 4,021, as per Health Ministry. 

  • May 24, 2020

    India records 6,767 COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs, biggest spike for third consecutive day- total reaches 1,31,868, while death toll rose to 3,867.

  • May 23, 2020

    India records highest single-day spike with 6,654 new COVID-19 cases, total reaches 1,25,101.

  • May 22, 2020

    Leaders of 22 opposition parties interact via video conferencing. India registers a spike of 6,088 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours- tally now stands at 118447 cases, 3583 deaths and 48,534 recoveries.

  • May 21, 2020

    Vande Bharat Mission: 162 flights to be operated in between May 23-June 13 to bring back stranded Indians from 47 countries as per Ministry of External Affairs. Nagaland inaugurates its first COVID-19 lab.

  • May 20, 2020

    Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri announces that domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th May. India adds 5,611 new COVID-19 cases and 140 deaths in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases in the country to 1,06,750.

  • May 19, 2020

    India records 0.2 COVID-19 deaths per lakh population as against global figure of 4.1 as per Health ministry. India's coronavirus tally reaches 1,06,425 and 3,163 deaths.

  • May 18, 2020

    Lockdown 4.0 begins with more relaxed norms. India registers single-largest spike of 5,200 new cases in 24 hours. Total number of cases in the country is now 96,169.

  • May 17, 2020

    The Ministry of Home Affairs announces the new guidelines for the fourth phase of the COVID-19 lockdown across the country which will be enforced till May 31. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces the fifth and final tranche of the economic stimulus package aimed towards government reforms.

  • May 16, 2020

    US President, Donald Trump announces that the US will donate ventilators to India. Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announces fourth tranche of economic package aimed towards new horizons of growth. 

  • May 15, 2020

    Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announces third tranche of economic package, aimed at rural economy and boosting farmers' income. Supreme Court says it is impossible for Courts to monitor or stop the movement of migrant workers across the country and it is for the government to take necessary action in this regard.

  • May 14, 2020

    COVID-19 cases in India cross 78,000-mark, death toll rises to 2,549. Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announces second tranche of economic package aimed at the poor including migrant workers and farmers. 

  • May 13, 2020

    Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman holds press conference, stressing importance of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat', announces first tranche of package aimed at businesses including MSMEs.

  • May 12, 2020

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation, announcing that a 'new lockdown' will continue beyond the end of the current phase on 17 May, but that the government will provide a massive special economic package to revive the economy- the Rs 20 lakh crore ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’. COVID-19 cases in India climb to 70,756, death toll at 2,293.

  • May 11, 2020

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chief Ministers of States on ways to strengthen containment strategy and boosting economic activities. ICMR issues guidance for appropriate recording of COVID-19 deaths to create robust data. Health Ministry issues revised guidelines for home isolation of very mild/pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases. Union Home Secretary writes to various States to facilitate movement of stranded migrants by special trains. Indian Railways to restart passenger services in phased manner from May 12.

  • May 10, 2020

    India's coronavirus tally at 62,939 with 2,109 deaths. A total of 7,740 dedicated COVID-19 facilities in 483 districts identified, as per Health Ministry. National Disaster Management Authority issues guidelines for restart of manufacturing units after lockdown period. 350 Shramik Special trains run so far, around 3.6 lakh migrants ferried, as per Indian Railways. India sends medical assistance to five friendly nations- Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles.

  • May 9, 2020

    The testing capacity for COVID-19 has been scaled up to around 95,000 tests per day and a total of 15,25,631 tests have been conducted so far across 332 government and 121 private laboratories, as per Union Health Minister. Health Ministry revises discharge guidelines for COVID-19: only patients with severe illness to be tested before discharge.

  • May 8, 2020

    Coronavirus tally in India stands at 56,342, including 1,886 deaths.

  • May 7, 2020

    Vande Bharat Mission begins: first two flights bring home Indian citizens from UAE. 

  • May 6, 2020

    49,391 persons in India tested positive and the death toll stands at 1,694. Health Ministry asks All India of Chemists and Druggists to ensure availability of critical drugs for management of COVID-19. Telangana government extends lockdown till May 29.

  • May 5, 2020

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting of a task force on coronavirus vaccine development. Government suspends all existing visas, barring a few exceptions, granted to foreign nationals till international air travel to and from India remains shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 4, 2020

    Government allows return of Indian nationals from abroad in phased manner from May 7. 3,900 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. 195 new deaths recorded.

  • May 3, 2020

    Punjab and Rajasthan get ICMR nod for using convalescent plasma therapy in treating COVID-19 patients. Confirmed cases in India cross 40,000.

  • May 2, 2020

    India records the biggest single-day jump of 2411 COVID-19 cases, taking the total number to 37,776. Death toll rises to 1,223. Directorate General of Civil Aviation announces that all commercial flights to remain suspended till May 17 midnight. 

  • May 1, 2020

    COVID-19 cases in India reach 35,043, death toll rises to 1,147. Ministry of Home Affairs extends lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4- till May 15. New guidelines to regulate different activities during lockdown, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones issued, with considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones. Ministry of Home Affairs allows movement of stranded migrants, pilgrims and tourists by special trains to be operated by Ministry of Railways. Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, addresses the nation, announcing that the armed forces will express their gratitude to all "corona warriors" by conducting fly-pasts, showering petals on hospitals treating COVID-19 patients and illuminating naval vessels. 

  • April 30, 2020

    Coronavirus death toll in India rises to 1,074, total cases climb to 33,050. Health Ministry says current doubling rate for COVID-19 cases has improved to 11 days as against 3.4 days before lockdown was imposed, while the case fatality has been recorded at 3.2%. Ministry of External Affairs announces that about 60,000 foreign nationals from 72 countries were evacuated from India in the midst of the lockdown.

  • April 29, 2020

    India’s coronavirus death toll rises to 1,007 with 31,332 cases.

  • April 28, 2020

    Coronavirus death toll in India spikes to 934, confirmed cases at 29,435. Health Ministry directs all private hospitals to not turn away non-COVID-19 patients and provide them essential services like immunisation, cancer treatment and dialysis. Health Ministry says plasma therapy is still unproven and can be used only on a trial basis and not offered as treatment.

  • April 27, 2020

    Coronavirus death toll rises to 872 in India, total cases climb to 27,892. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with chief ministers via video conference indicating that the central government is unlikely to completely lift the countrywide lockdown on 3 May, but could ease many existing restrictions between that date and 15 May.

  • April 26, 2020

    State Government of Tamil Nadu promulgates ordinance- blocking the ‘dignified’ burial or cremation of people, who had died of a notified disease to now attract a three year prison term.

  • April 25, 2020

    COVID-19 toll rises to 775, total cases at 24,506 in India. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath bans all public gatherings till 30 June. Ministry of Home Affairs allows all shops (except those in malls or in containment zones) registered under the ‘Shops & Establishment Act’ in different states and union territories to open. However, a final decision in the matter was left to states.

  • April 24, 2020

    COVID-19 death toll reaches 718 in India while confirmed positive cases near 23,077. Ministry of Home Affairs says COVID-19 situation is especially serious in major or emerging hotspot areas including Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad and Chennai.

  • April 23, 2020

    Growth curve of COVID-19 has been flattened but it is difficult to tell when it will reach its peak as per ICMR. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb announces that the state has become coronavirus- free after its second COVID-19 patient tested negative.

  • April 22, 2020

    Government promulgates ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 making any attack on health workers a cognisable and non-bailable offence. Coronavirus death toll reaches 652 in India, total cases 20,471.

  • April 21, 2020

    COVID-19 death toll in India rises to 590, total cases reach 18,601. Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik announces Rs 50 lakh for kin of health & support staff who die treating COVID-19. HCG Bangalore Institute of Oncology Speciality Centre gets approval by ICMR to conduct clinical trials on COVID-19 patients using plasma therapy. ICMR asks states to stop using rapid testing.

  • April 20, 2020

    COVID-19 cases in India climb to 17,265, death toll rises to 543. Centre asks states and union territories to strictly comply with the lockdown measures and not to dilute them at any level. Ministry of Home Affairs says COVID-19 ‘especially serious’ in some cities, deploys inter-ministerial central teams (IMCTs) to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan.

  • April 19, 2020

    Government prohibits sale of non-essential items through e-commerce platforms during the ongoing lockdown. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray says industries in green zones and orange coronavirus zones will get permission to resume operations in a restricted manner from April 20. Union Ministry of Home Affairs issues guidelines to states, spelling out the protocol for how workers are to be transported to work sites. Movement of migrant workers outside the state or union territory where they are currently located is prohibited.

  • April 18, 2020

    COVID-19 cases in India cross 15,000, death toll climbs to 507. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 1 crore to kin of those who die while dealing with COVID-19 patients. India amends FDI policy and puts curbs on investments in its companies from neighboring nations including China, seeking to cut the risk of opportunistic takeovers during COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 17, 2020

    Coronavirus cases in India rise to 12,759, death toll reaches 420.

  • April 16, 2020

    1 in 24 Indians test positive for COVID-19 as per ICMR. A total of 2.74 lakh samples tested in India as per ICMR.

  • April 15, 2020

    COVID-19 death toll in India rises to 392. Total number of cases rises to 11,933

  • April 14, 2020

    In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces that the 21-day lockdown will be extended by another 19 days — until 3 May. Coronavirus death toll in India rises to 353, total cases jump to 10,815

  • April 13, 2020

    Coronavirus death toll in India rises to 308, cases cross 9,000. Nagaland records first coronavirus case. Mizoram extends lockdown till 30 April with new guidelines. Supreme Court modifies its 8 April order and allows private labs to continue charging money for Covid-19 tests, ruling that it “never intended to make testing free for those who can afford the payment of testing fee”

  • April 12, 2020

    A consignment of hydroxychloroquine from India reaches the US

  • April 11, 2020

    PM Modi holds meeting with Chief Ministers to decide on extension of 21-day lockdown

  • April 10, 2020

    Nationwide tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases crosses 7,000 with at least 236 deaths. Punjab decides to extend the lockdown till 1 May.

  • April 9, 2020

    Odisha becomes the first Indian state to extend the lockdown till April 30. India records the first death of a frontline health worker- Dr Shatrughan Panjwani in Indore. Total number of positive COVID-19 cases in India surges past 6,600, and deaths surpass 200-mark

  • April 8, 2020

    Supreme Court directs that COVID-19 tests in approved government labs or private laboratories should be conducted free of cost.

  • April 7, 2020

    India partially lifts ban on export of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol  to clear 'all existing orders'. Export of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol will be now taken up on a 'case-to-case basis, depending on availability of stock'. Health Ministry announces insurance cover for medical workers.

  • April 6, 2020

    First COVID-19 positive case detected in Tripura. The Union Cabinet approves a 30% cut in the salaries of all Members of Parliament and a two-year suspension of the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme.

  • April 5, 2020

    #9pm9minute: Millions of Indians across the country switch off lights at their homes and light candles and diyas, responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to show the nation’s “collective resolve and solidarity” in its fight against coronavirus with this symbolic gesture. Nationwide tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases crosses 4,000.

  • April 4, 2020

    Total number of COVID-19 cases cross the 3,000-mark after 525 fresh infections, the highest in a 24-hour span, were reported across the country. India's Directorate General of Foreign Trade bans the export of hydroxychloroquine and its formulations with immediate effect, without any exception. US President Donald Trump calls PM Modi for for urgent supply of hydroxychloroquine. 

  • April 3, 2020

    Prime Minister Modi releases a video message asking people to use light to challenge the darkness spread by coronavirus on Sunday 5th April at 9 PM. 

  • April 2, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 50. As many as 1,764 positive cases recorded across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a video conference with the Chief Ministers of different states to discuss the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • April 1, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 49. As many as 1,637 positive cases recorded across the country. 

  • March 31, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 46. Jharkhand and Assam report first positive case. As many as 1,367 positive cases recorded across the country.

  • March 30, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 42. As many as 1,259 positive cases recorded across the country. 

  • March 29, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 30. Toll in Delhi reaches 72, in Maharashtra reaches 203, in Tamil Nadu reaches 50, in Gujarat reaches 63, in Jammu and Kashmir reaches 38, in Bihar reaches 15, in Rajasthan reaches 56, in Goa reaches 5, in West Bengal reaches 21, in Telangana reaches 70. 

  • March 28, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 26. Toll in Maharashtra reaches 167, in Karnataka reaches 81, in Jammu and Kashmir reaches 33, in Madhya Pradesh reaches 29, in Rajasthan reaches 54, in Gujarat reaches 53, in Uttarakhand reaches 6, in Chhattisgarh reaches 7, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands reaches 9. 

  • March 27, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 21.

  • March 26, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 17. Andaman and Nicobar Islands reports its first case. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package under 'PM Gareeb Kalyan Scheme' to help fight the Covid-19 outbreak.

  • March 25, 2020

    India goes into a lockdown for 21 days. Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 13. Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under Ministry of Commerce and Industry restricts the export of hydroxychloroquine, but allows the export of “certain shipments on humanitarian grounds” on a case-by-case basis.

  • March 24, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 10. First case reported in Manipur and Mizoram. Toll in Maharashtra reaches 101, in Telangana reaches 35, in Punjab reaches 29, in Tamil Nadu reaches 15.

  • March 23, 2020

    Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 9.

  • March 22, 2020

    PM Modi announces one-day Janata Curfew. Number of total deaths in India due to covid-19 reaches 7.

  • March 21, 2020

    West Bengal reports its third case. Toll in Karnataka reaches 18, in Tamil Nadu reaches 6, in Punjab reaches 13.

  • March 20, 2020

    Gujarat reports its first two cases. Italian man who recovered from coronavirus earlier, died due to cardiac arrest in Rajasthan. Bollywood singer, Kanika Kapoor tests positive in Lucknow. 

  • March 19, 2020

    India reports fourth death due to covid-19, in Punjab. Chhattisgarh reports its first case. 

  • March 17, 2020

    India reports third death due to covid-19, in Maharashtra. First case recorded in Puducherry and West Bengal. 

  • March 16, 2020

    Odisha reports its first case. Toll in Kerala reaches 24. First case in Indian Army recorded in Leh. 

  • March 15, 2020

    Uttar Pradesh reported its 12th case in Lucknow. Third confirmed case is reported in Hyderabad. Uttarakhand reports its first case. 

  • March 14, 2020

    Central government declares COVID-19 a 'notified disaster'.

  • March 13, 2020

    Second death in India in Delhi. Toll in Kerala reaches 16. Toll in Maharashtra reaches 17. 

  • March 12, 2020

    First death in India in Karnataka. 

  • March 11, 2020

    WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic. Toll in Maharashtra reaches 11. 

  • March 10, 2020

    Six new cases reported in India -- two in Maharashtra (Pune) and four in Karnataka (Bengaluru) -- taking the total number to 50.

  • March 9, 2020

    Five new cases reported in India in Jammu, Ernakulam (Kerala), Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Hoshiarpur (Punjab).

  • March 8, 2020

    Kerala sees fresh COVID-19 cases with five people testing positive in Pathanamthitta district.

  • March 7, 2020

    Two COVID-19 cases are reported in Ladakh and one in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Patients had travel history to Iran and Oman respectively. 

  • March 6, 2020

    Overall number of COVID-19 cases in India climbs to 31.

  • March 5, 2020

    An employee with a tech firm in Gurgaon, with travel history to Italy tests positive for COVID-19. Another case is reported in Ghaziabad. The patient had travel history to Iran.

  • March 4, 2020

    22 new cases recorded in India

  • March 3, 2020

    India reports sixth covid-19 case: an Italian tourist in Jaipur.

  • March 2, 2020

    Two new cases reported in India- one in Delhi and one in Hyderabad. Patients had travel history to Italy and Dubai respectively.

  • February 21, 2020

    Italy outbreak begins.

  • February 19, 2020

    Iran outbreak begins.

  • February 12, 2020

    Coronavirus cases start to spike in South Korea.

  • February 11, 2020

    WHO announces that the new coronavirus disease will be called "COVID-19."

  • February 9, 2020

    Death toll in China surpasses that of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, with 811 deaths recorded.

  • February 7, 2020

    Covid19 whistleblower Li Wenliang dies in China

  • February 3, 2020

    India reports third case in Kasaragod district in Kerala. Local government declares a state emergency. 3,400 people who were suspected to come in contact with the first three patients are put in quarantine.

  • February 2, 2020

    First death outside China is recorded in the Philippines. India reports second case in Alphuzha district in Kerala. 

  • January 30, 2020

    WHO declares a global public-health emergency. India reports its first case in Kerala in Thrissur district. 

  • January 23, 2020

    Wuhan is placed under quarantine, Hubei province follows within days.

  • January 20, 2020

    First US case is reported: a 35-year-old man in Snohomish County, Washington.

  • January 13, 2020

    First coronavirus case outside of China is reported in Thailand.

  • January 11, 2020

    China records its first death.

  • January 7, 2020

    Chinese authorities identify a new type of coronavirus (called novel coronavirus or nCoV).

  • December 31, 2019

    Chinese Health officials inform the WHO about a cluster of 41 patients with a mysterious pneumonia. Most are connected to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.