Airtel gives free e-book access: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Thursday(26/02/2020) announced that people access to its e-book platform Juggernaut Books(formerly known as Airtel Books), where readers can now access thousands of top books and novels on this platform. 

“As India stays at home to support the government’s efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, readers can now access thousands of top books and novels on Juggernaut Books for free by simply downloading the app (Android/iOS) on their smartphones,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

In 2017 Airtel gained a strategic stake in Juggernaut. 

“Airtel and Juggernaut are trying to ensure in these extraordinary times that people have more opportunities to remain engaged as they experience social distance, and what’s better than getting back to reading,” said Adarsh Nair, chief product officer at Bharti Airtel.

Mean-while, even after lockdown, India continues to reel under the threat of novel coronavirus infection, the total number of COVID-19 patients in the country has surged to 649 on Thursday. With Tamil Nadu witnessing its first coronavirus casualty, the death toll in the country has climbed to 13. Of the total cases, 602 are Indians and 47 are foreign nationals.

Around 87 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection were reported on Wednesday, taking the total number of active patients in the country to 593. A total of 43 patients have been cured so far, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Maharashtra is the worst affected state with more than 120 coronavirus positive cases. The financial capital of India witnessed three deaths related to COVID-19. With five new patients from the national capital, the total number of coronavirus cases has climbed to 35 in Delhi.

Kerala, which confirmed the first coronavirus case in India, has so far recorded 118 COVID-19 cases. Five people with no travel history tested positive in Indore, taking the total number of cases in Madhya Pradesh to 15. There are 16 positive cases in Haryana which includes 14 foreign nationals.