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25.03.2020

THE HEADLINES,

  • Government announces a complete nationwide lockdown for 21 days to fight COVID 19.

  • Essential services like Medical Shops, Banks, Petrol pumps, Grocery stores, Milk booths and Online shopping  exempted from lockdown.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Centre and States will work in close coordination to ensure supply of essential commodities.

  • Union Home Ministry issues guidelines for strict enforcement of lockdown.

  • Centre asks States to sensitize people about exemptions during the lockdown.

  • Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021.

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The Government has announced a complete lockdown of the entire country for 21 days to fight COVID-19. All road, rail and air services  will remain suspended during the lockdown, which came into force midnight last night. However, freight movement will continue to carry essential commodities across the country. Essential services like Medical shops, Petrol pumps, grocery stores,  milk booths, and online shopping have been exempted from the lockdown.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a Central allocation of 15,000 crore rupees to strengthen the health infrastructure to tackle the disease. In his second address to the nation in less than a week, Modi said there will be a complete ban on people from stepping outside their houses to save India and to save every Indian. He showed a poster saying corona means 'Koi Road Par Na Nikle' (No one should come out on the roads). Mr Modi said, lockdown is being imposed on every state, union territory, district, village, mohalla and street.

The Prime Minister said, the lockdown will be like ‘curfew' and more stringent than the 'janta curfew'. Mr Modi said it is applicable to everyone from the Prime Minister to a citizen in a village.

"कोरोना वायरस इतनी तेजी से फैल रहा है कि तमाम तैयारियों और प्रयासों के बावजूद, इन देशों में ये चुनौती बढ़ती जा रही है। इन सभी देशों के दो महीनों के अध्ययन से जो निष्कर्ष निकल रहा है, और एक्सपर्ट्स भी यही कह रहे हैं कि कोरोना से प्रभावी मुकाबले के लिए एकमात्र विकल्प है- Social Distancing. यानि एक दूसरे से दूर रहना, अपने घरों में ही बंद रहना। कोरोना से बचने का इसके अलावा कोई तरीका नहीं है, कोई रास्ता नहीं है। कोरोना को फैलने से रोकना है, तो इसके संक्रमण की सायकिल को तोड़ना ही होगा। कुछ लोग इस गलतफहमी में हैं कि social distancing केवल बीमार लोगों के लिए आवश्यक है।ये सोचना सही नहीं। social distancing हर नागरिक के लिए है, हर परिवार के लिए है, परिवार के हर सदस्य के लिए है। कुछ लोगों की लापरवाही, कुछ लोगों की गलत सोचआपको, आपके बच्चों को, आपके माता पिता को, आपके परिवार को, आपके दोस्तों को, पूरे देश को बहुत बड़ी मुश्किल में झोंक देगी। अगर ऐसी लापरवाही जारी रही तो भारत को इसकी कितनी बड़ी कीमत चुकानी पड़ सकती है, इसका अंदाजा लगाना भी मुश्किल है।"

The Prime Minister said, if we don't handle these 21 days well, then our country, your family will go backwards by 21 years. Mr Modi asserted that the tough measure is necessary for a decisive battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

"अभी के हालात को देखते हुए, देश में ये लॉकडाउन 21 दिन का होगा। आने वाले 21 दिन हमारे लिए बहुत महत्वपूर्ण हैं। हेल्थ एक्सपर्ट्स की मानें तो, कोरोना वायरस की संक्रमण सायकिल तोड़ने के लिए कम से कम 21 दिन का समय बहुत अहम है। अगर ये 21 दिन नहीं संभले तो देश और आपका परिवार 21 साल पीछे चला जाएगा। अगर ये 21 दिन नहीं संभले तो कई परिवार हमेशा-हमेशा के लिए तबाह हो जाएंगे। इसलिए बाहर निकलना क्या होता है, ये इन 21 दिनों के लिए भूल जाइए। घर में रहें, घर में रहें और एक ही काम करें कि अपने घर में रहें।"

Acknowledging that the decision will have an economic cost, Modi said saving people's lives is of paramount interest to his government. He also made a vigorous push for enforcing social distancing as the only way to tackle the coronavirus. Mr Modi said, experts and the experience of countries fighting the deadly virus make it clear that social distancing is the only way to combat the disease.

Addressing fears that there could be a shortage of essential commodities and medicines, the prime minister said there  is absolutely no need to panic. “Centre and states will work together to ensure availability of essential commodities and  medicines.

"कोरोना वैश्विक महामारी से बनी स्थितियों के बीच, केंद्र और देशभर की राज्य सरकारें तेजी से काम कर रही है। रोजमर्रा की जिंदगी में लोगों को असुविधा हो,इसके लिए निरंतर कोशिश कर रही हैं। सभी आवश्यक वस्तुओं की supply बनी रहे, इसके लिए सभी उपाय किए गए हैं और आगे भी किए जाएँगे। निश्चित तौर पर संकट की ये घड़ी, गरीबों के लिए भी बहुत मुश्किल वक्त लेकर आई है। केंद्र सरकार, राज्य सरकारों के साथ समाज के अन्य संगठन, सिविल सोसायटी के लोग, गरीबों को मुसीबत कम हो, इसके लिए निरंतर जुटे हुए हैं। गरीबों की मदद के लिए अनेकों लोग साथ रहे हैं। साथियों, जीवन जीने के लिए जो जरूरी है, उसके लिए सारे प्रयासों के साथ ही जीवन बचाने के लिए जो जरूरी है, उसे सर्वोच्च प्राथमिकता देनी ही पड़ेगी।"

Mr Modi also urged people not to indulge in panic buying, saying that by converging around shops, they are risking the spread of COVID-19.  The Prime Minister also cautioned people against rumours:

"ये भी ध्यान रखिए कि ऐसे समय में जाने-अनजाने कई बार अफवाहें भी फैलती हैं।

मेरा आपसे आग्रह है कि किसी भी तरह की अफवाह और अंधविश्वास से बचें। आपके द्वारा केंद्र सरकार, राज्य सरकार और medical fraternity द्वारा दिए गए निर्देश और सुझावों का पालन करना बहुत जरुरी है।मेरी आपसे प्रार्थना है कि इस बीमारी के लक्षणों के दौरान, बिना डॉक्टरों की सलाह के, कोई भी दवा लें। किसी भी तरह का खिलवाड़, आपके जीवन को और खतरे में डाल सकता है।"

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said during the 21 day lockdown period essential commodities will be available. In a tweet, Mr Modi said there is no need to panic. He said, Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure essential commodities are available. Prime Minister said, by converging around shops, people are risking the spread of COVID-19. He said, we will fight COVID-19 together and create a healthier India.

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The Union Home Ministry has issued strict guidelines for the enforcement of the 21-day complete nationwide lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. It has also invoked the Disaster Management Act which may result in imprisonment of up to two years for any violation.  Ministry of Home Affairs, Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said:

As per the guidelines, all offices of the Government of India, its autonomous offices and public corporations, the offices of State and Union territory governments, autonomous institutions will remain closed. As per the guidelines, commercial and private establishments will remain closed. However, fair price shops and those dealing with food, groceries, fruits, vegetables dairy and milk booths, meat and fish and animal fodder will remain open. District Authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimise the movement of individuals outside their homes.

Besides, banks, insurance offices, ATMs, Print and Electronic media will also remain open. Telecommunication, internet services, delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce will be available. The guideline also says that hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, labs, clinics, nursing homes, ambulances etc will continue to remain functional. Petrol Pump, LPG, Petroleum and Gas retail outlet will remain open. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services, capital and debt market services as notified by the SEBI will continue to function.

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NITI Aayog member and the Chairman of the newly constituted Task Force on COVID-19, Dr VK Paul said that the fight to contain the outbreak of  the novel Coronoavirus has reached a new level and it has become absolutely essential  for the people to cooperate in the nationwide lockdown. Talking to AIR News, Dr VK Paul said it is absolutely necessary to ensure social distancing and break the chain of transmission of the virus.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the selfless work done by the medical professionals in India  in dealing with COVID-19. Mr. Modi interacted with the medical fraternity including doctors, nurses and lab technicians from all over the country via video conference. He said that it is important to acknowledge the contribution of the family members of the medical fraternity also, for being their pillars of support.

The Prime Minister said the challenge in front of the country is unprecedented and historic. At this juncture, the entire nation is looking forward to the medical fraternity with hope, and it is imperative that their morale never goes down even while facing such a huge challenge.

Assuring the medical fraternity of all the support from the government, Mr Modi asked them to follow all the necessary protocols and to take adequate precautions to prevent getting infected. He asked them to guide the general public on the do’s and dont’s to be followed, advice on the importance of self- quarantine and social distancing and provide information about where they can receive treatment.

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The Government today said, the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 in the country is being monitored at the highest level and various actions have been initiated in collaboration with the States. Addressing media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, Lav Aggarwal said the Prime Minister is regularly monitoring and reviewing the situation with top officials of the concerned Ministries, Departments and States.

He said, Mr Modi had a Video Conference with the representatives of doctors and healthcare professionals to express his gratitude and to seek their continued involvement and support in handling this crisis.

Mr. Aggarwal said that Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked the States to further enhance surveillance and contact tracing of positive cases in order to break the chain of transmission. He said that Centre is monitoring the progress with respect to States having earmarked hospitals dedicated for COVID-19 cases. Gujarat, Assam, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Goa, Karnataka, MP and Jammu and Kashmir  are setting up hospitals dedicated for the management of COVID-19. He said, in order to enforce implementation of social distancing, almost all the States have issued orders for lockdown. More than 30 states and UTs have imposed full lockdown and States have been asked to enforce implementation of lockdown measures. 

In addition, manufacturers have been identified domestically and procurement has been initiated to ensure that there is no shortage of PPEs, N95 masks and other protective equipment needed by doctors to carry out their duties.

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Health and Family Welfare Ministry has confirmed 519 cases of Covid 19 including 476 Indians and 43 foreign nationals. Death toll reached 10 as Delhi reported the second death. 40 patients have been cured and discharged so far.

It has also been confirmed by the Ministry that 118 laboratories have been included in the ICMR network for testing of patients. These laboratories have a capacity to test 12 thousand samples per day. 26 private lab chains situated across India have been registered with Indian Council of Medical Research for COVID-19 testing.

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The Centre has told the States and Union Territories that inconvenience to the citizens is to be minimized and people are to be sensitized about exemptions during the nationwide Lockdown. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba told the Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories that the supply of ready made and cooked food is to be ensured and as far as possible, home deliveries should be facilitated.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that there is no need to fear on feel confused about the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the country. More from our correspondent:

"While addressing the people of Maharashtra through facebook live Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has advised people to avoid unnecessary crowding at the shops allaying fear that there is no shortage of essential commodities and medicines. He also urged the people to understand the seriousness of the situation underlined by the Prime Minister. The state government has created a special whatsapp number to provide official information about COVID-19. He also appealed  the people to come forward and give the correct information if they have returned from foreign countries.

Meanwhile, deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has appealed people to follow the guidelines issued by the government. At the same time he has warned that police has given freedom to take action against those violating the guidelines during the lockdown period. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai".

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Fourteen more Covid 19 positive cases are confirmed in Kerala, taking the total number of infected patients to 105 in the State. More from our correspondent:

 "Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that the newly confirmed cases are mostly people who returned from other countries and 3 primary contact individuals, one being  a health worker.He confirmed that there is no evidence of community spread of Covid 19 in the State.Meanwhile Kerala continues in complete lockdown as Covid 19 cases are on a rise. Sec 144 had been declared in many districts including Thiruvananthapuram. 402 cases were registered by police yesterday for violating guidelines .  Only essential service are  functioning in the State today.  Roads and towns are mostly deserted with only few private vehicles, which were also screened. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram". 

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has assured the citizens of the state that the government has enough stock of essential items and it will be supplied at their doorsteps. Soon after the announcement of 21 days lockdown by the Prime Minister, people in almost all cities rushed to the grocery and medical shops to purchase necessary items. More from our correspondent:

"Yogi Adityanath said that government has already prepared itself for the situation and there is a plan to deliver essential commodities at people's doorstep. He said that from today vegetables, milk, fruits, medicines and other essential commodities will be delivered to door steps for which government has identified more than 10,000 vehicles. He said that we will also take help of around 4500 PRVs of 112 services and ambulances in this service. Warning those people who are hoarding the necessary items spokesperson of the government and power minister of state Srikant Sharma told AIR that people should not stock items and state will ensure that general public get the products on the same rate which they were getting it earlier. Deputy Chief Minister of state Keshav Prasad Maurya also appealed to the public through AIR that there is no need to panic at all. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".

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In Gujarat, the state government assured people that there won’t be any shortage of essential commodities during the lockdown period. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in his address to people said the government has taken necessary steps to ensure the supply of essential commodities to citizens during the lockdown period. A report from our correspondent:

"In Gujarat, the state government is ensuring an adequate supply of essential commodities, like milk, bread, fruits, and vegetables. Briefing the media, secretary to CM , Ashwini Kumar, said a special task force, comprising five senior officers will review the situation of availability of essential goods on an everyday basis. He said there are total 1600 Amul Parlours and 64 major vegetable markets operating in the state which will remain open during lockdown period. He said special measures have been taken to prevent the hoarding of essential commodities and profiteering. Mr Kumar added all the other essential services like medical aid, electricity, gas, water supply, and sewage will remain functional during the lockdown period. Aparna Khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has welcomed the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the 21 days lockdown to save the entire country from Corona Virus. More from our correspondent :

"The Chief Minister has appealed the citizens to cooperate with the call of the Prime Minister for the country wide lockdown of 21 days. He told the citizens that the government is responsible to ensure the supply of essential commodities during these 21 days. Shri Chouhan ensure that  shops of daily needs like milk, fruits, vegetables, grocery and medicines will remain open. After two more new patients, the administration has come on high . The boundaries of all the districts and the borders of the state adjoining Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were sealed. The state government has declared the novel corana virus as infectious disease in the state. Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Center has been made a state-level Kovid-19 treatment institute for its treatment and prevention. Action is being taken against people who violate lock-down in many districts including Bhopal, Indore, Narsinghpur and Jabalpur in the state. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

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In Rajasthan, 32 cases of coronavirus have been reported in eight districts of the state. It is a matter of relief that no new cases of COVID 19 were reported yesterday. Meanwhile, the state government has said that there will be no shortage of food items in the state. A report:

"War Room is being created in all the districts, which will solve the problems of people during the lockdown period.  The permit is being issued online for necessary services. The state government has cleared that there is no shortage of food items in the state. Shops related to essential services will be open from morning to evening. Mobile vans of consumer stores will also be used for home delivery of essential commodities. The state government has asked to provide food and other items to the needy and poor persons with the help of NGOs. Action has been taken against many people who didn't comply with the lockdown and hundreds of vehicles have been seized.  Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur".

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Karnataka celebrates Ugadi, the new year under the shadow of Novel Corona Virus. The entire state has been put under lock-down as the number of COVID 19 positive cases increased to 41. The Government is readying 20,000 beds and 2,000 ventilators to tackle the eventuality. Speaking at the Legislative Council yesterday, the Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan said that the State has ordered 10 lakh personal protection kits, 15 lakh three-layer masks and 5 lakh N-95 masks in an effort to stem the spread of the disease. The 50 home quarantine enforcement squads are given standard operating procedures and personal protection equipment. They are linked to the health helpline and police helpline numbers. The squad has so far apprehended three persons who violated the home quarantine advice. More from our Correspondent:

"The state roads were cleared of vehicle movement and people, as police check posts kept an eye to enforce the lock-down. In a press release Chief Minister Yediyurappa has welcomed the call for 21 days lock-down given by the Prime Minister. He has mentioned that the call given by him to the nation to remain indoors is intended to protect the lives of hundreds of people and their families from the agony of the damage caused by virus. He assured people that Government will take all measures to maintain supply of essential items for survival, particularly the poor. It is now the responsibility of every citizen to live within the Lakshman Rekha to break the chain of the pandemic. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru".

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People in the national capital have said that the lockdown imposed in the city is appropriate for ensuring social distancing and break the chain of transmission of the virus.

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As the nation gets into lockdown, a series of measures have already been taken by the Government to reduce inconvenience to the citizens.

Foodgrains are available and citizens need not worry and need not resort to panic buying. Foodgrains for 3 months can be lifted by States/ UTs on credit from Food Corporation of India. This will ensure adequate supply of foodgrains to the public and financially assist the States.

Beneficiaries of the Public Distribution System have been allowed to buy six months of their quota of subsidized grains.

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Contractual, Casual and Outsourced employees will be paid even if they are unable to report on duty due to lockdown. It will be applicable to attached, subordinate offices, autonomous, statutory bodies of government of India till April 30th.

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Pensioners’ details and pension amount statements for the current month will be generated by EPFO and reconciled by 25th March, 2020. It will be sent to the banks in advance so that the monthly pension is credited into the account.

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Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has asked insurance companies to allow additional 30 days of grace period for payment of renewal premium for life insurance policies. Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has also extended the deadline up to April 15, 2020. For health insurance policies, insurers can now condone delay in renewal up to 30 days without deeming this as a break in policy.

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Hand sanitizers and masks brought under the ambit of  the Essential Commodities Act. States asked to distribute Hand Sanitizers and face masks through ration shops at fair prices & ensure they are easily available.

Prices fixed for masks and hand sanitizers. Retail prices of 200 ml bottle of hand sanitizers cannot be more than 100 rupees.

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Many companies have come forward to help fight the COVID 19 outbreak in the country.

Reliance Industries Limited has announced that Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in collaboration with BMC has set up a 100 bedded centre in Mumbai. It has also offered support of 5 crore rupees to the Maharashtra Chief Minister's relief fund. The company is also enhancing production capacities to produce one lakh face masks a day along with other protective equipment to help health workers and medical professionals.

Vedanta Resources Limited has committed 100 crore rupees towards fighting the pandemic.

Paytm announced that it is going to commit five crore rupees to help Indian innovators start building indigenous solutions for potential ventilator shortage and other COVID 19 cures.

Mahindra and Mahindra said its projects team is ready to assist the government in erecting temporary care facilities. The Mahindra Group has begun work on how their manufacturing facilities can make ventilators.

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Japan's Prime Minister and the head of the International Olympic Committee Shinzo Abe agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games by a year in an extraordinary move, unprecedented in peacetime, as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The move would be a devastating blow for the city of Tokyo, which had won widespread praise for its organization, with venues finished well ahead of time and tickets massively oversubscribed.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

  • "Modi Draws Laxman Rekha" headlines The Hindustan Times. The Times of India writes "India Under Lockdown for 3 Weeks". "India, Locked and Loaded... in the fight against Covid-19" states The Economic Times. 'Jaan hai to Jahan hai, stay indoors' The Pioneer quotes the Prime Minister.

  • "Modi assures essentials open; rules underline adherence, with threat of penal action" reports The Indian Express. The paper also notes "Compliance norms eased for firms, FM says financial package 'sooner than later' ", on Nirmala Sitharaman announcing a series of regulatory and compliance-related relaxation for taxpayers.

  • "Ensure smooth operations of print, electronic media to check fake news: Centre to states" is a front page story in the Times of India

  • And finally, "How India worked out epidemic model". The Mail Today says, a study by Indian and international researchers used mathematical modelling to predict Coronavirus spread in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, at least two weeks before Coronavirus was declared a pandemic. 

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