Coronavirus Outbreak (2019-20): A Personal Journal

Disclaimer: I have created this page to share in a timely manner with my close friends, colleagues, students, and family members important information about the coronavirus outbreak that is ravaging the entire world right now. While I am making my best effort to fact-check each piece of information, the reader is solely responsible for the outcome of any of his/her decisions taken based on the data/information/suggestion/advice written on this website.

Posts are written in reverse chronological order.

Post 8: Entire India Under Lockdown

DATE/TIME: MARCH 25, 6:50PM (IST), 2020.

Yesterday, the PM announced that the entire India will be under lockdown for 21 days. It is unprecedented.

Post 7: Celebrities (Famous and Infamous) Infected With New Coronavirus

DATE/TIME: MARCH 23, 2:30PM (IST), 2020.

  1. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau
  2. Lorenzo Sanz (dead)
  3. Paulo Maldini
  4. Tom Hanks
  5. Rita Wilson
  6. Fellaini
  7. Idris Elba
  8. Harvey Weinstein
  9. David Bryan
  10. Prince Charles

Post 6: Lockdown of 75 districts in India and What It Means

DATE/TIME: MARCH 22, 9PM (IST), 2020.

The following districts will be under lockdown from tomorrow.

Andhra Pradesh: Prakasam, Vijaywada and Vizag                          Chandigarh: Chandigarh 
Chhattisgarh: Raipur
Delhi: Central, East Delhi, North Delhi, North West Delhi, North East Delhi, South Delhi and West Delhi
Gujarat: Kutchh, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, and Ahmedabad
Haryana: Faridabad, Sonepat, Panchkula, Panipat and Gurugram
Himachal Pradesh: Kangra
Jammu & Kashmir: Srinagar and Jammu
Karnataka: Bangalore, Chikkaballapura, Mysore, Kodagu and Kalaburgi
Kerala: Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kannur, Kasargod, Kottayam, Mallapuram, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur
Ladakh: Kargil and Leh
Now what is meaning of lockdown of an area?
Government of West Bengal Order below clarifies that. I assume it would be identical or very similar in other states.

POST 5: Indian Railways

DATE/TIME: MARCH 22, 3:30PM (IST), 2020.

In an unprecedented move, all passengers trains (not the freight/goods trains) will remain suspended from running until March 31, 2020.


DATE/TIME: MARCH 22, 3PM (IST), 2020.

The secretary of Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI has issued the following guidelines to all autonomous institutes funded by it (like IIT Bhilai where I work). Main takeaway: work-from-home. (Courtesy: Dr. Santosh Biswas)


DATE/TIME: MARCH 22, 11:45AM (IST), 2020.

I do not know what I should say at this hour of procession of dead bodies worldwide, I see a silver lining that USA was able to reduce the daily new deaths for three successive days. (source:

Post 2: Kolkata

DATE/TIME: MARCH 22, 11:15AM (IST), 2020.

Private testing labs in Kolkata are the following (source: NABL website There are 74 testing centers.

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Post 1: RAIPUR

Date/time: March 22, 10:45am (IST), 2020.

If I understand correctly, Indian health ministry has now allowed private labs to perform COVID-19 tests as well. See the circular:

Remember the private labs must have NABL accreditation for real-time PCR assay for RNA virus (I do not know exactly what it means.)

Based on The NABL website the following private labs may be testing for coronavirus in Raipur:

Also do not forget that AIIMS Raipur is the only government lab in Chhattisgarh that tests coronavirus.

Apparently there are no testing centers at Bhilai (private or government).

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