The variety of coronavirus instances within the nation is about to the touch 700, with an enormous bounce of 88, exhibits knowledge from the well being ministry. The whole is now 694 — together with 47 foreigners, 42 individuals who have been cured or discharged and 16 individuals who died. Two days into the 21-day lockdown, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has introduced a Rs1.7 lakh crore bundle for the folks, promising meals safety and cash to purchase the necessities. Concerned about their migrant labourers residing in different states, the Chief Ministers of Bengal and Bihar have written to chief ministers of different states, requesting them to increase assist. Bihar has introduced a Rs 100-crore aid bundle for migrants. The ban on worldwide flights, introduced final week, has been prolonged to April 14.
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The authorities introduced that would supply 5 kilograms of rice or wheat and one kilogram of pulses of alternative free to poor households for 3 months. This could be along with the present 5 kilograms of wheat/rice introduced earlier.
Direct money transfers for eight classes of beneficiaries, together with pensioners, girls and the specially-abled was additionally introduced as a part of the aid bundle.
The finance minister’s announcement got here amid expectations of an enormous aid bundle for the business. But Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned, for now, the federal government’s precedence is to contemplate the poor. “No one will go hungry,” she assured, including that “other concerns” could be “considered separately”.
After a teleconference at this time, the G20 nations mentioned they have been injecting $5 trillion into the worldwide economic system to counter the impression of coronavirus. Calling for a concrete motion plan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged for the reform of the World Health Organisation, sources mentioned.
The World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has mentioned lockdowns is not going to be sufficient to eradicate the virus. “Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions, but they’re also the best way to prevent them,” the WHO chief mentioned.
Kerala reported 19 extra instances of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the overall variety of contaminated folks beneath remedy to 126, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned. Three extra instances of coronavirus have been detected in Maharashtra, taking the overall variety of COVID-19 sufferers within the state to 125. The two states collectively account for practically one-third of the instances within the nation.
The authorities has prolonged the ban on worldwide flights until April 14. The ban is not going to apply to cargo flights or these specifically permitted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Domestic flights have been banned until March 31.
Earlier at this time, the well being ministry mentioned 43 new instances have been registered within the final 24 hours. “We have observed that the rate of growth of cases has decreased, but in no way are we being relaxed about anything at this point,” Lav Agarwal, senior Health Ministry official, instructed the media.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur mentioned it’s growing transportable ventilators which will likely be considerably cheaper than those obtainable available in the market. Compared to round Rs four lakh per unit which might be at the moment obtainable, the IIT’s ventilator will likely be made at a price of Rs 70,000 per unit as all of the elements are indigenously produced.
Two days in the past, the federal government had introduced a 21-day countrywide “curfew-like” lockdown that got here with penal provisions for violation beneath the National Disaster Management Act. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who made the announcement, mentioned whereas 21 days may appear to be a very long time, “this is the only way to ensure everyone is safe”. Staying at house, he had repeatedly mentioned, is now a matter of survival.