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HM Amit Shah speaks to all Chief Ministers; Seeks their views on future strategy in fight against Covid 19            Cabinet Secretary reviews Corona situation in 13 worst affected cities            Advance reservation period for all 30 Special Rajdhani type trains extended from 30 to 120 days            UP govt to sign MoUs with industry associations to create 10 lakh jobs for migrant workers            13 Special flights to bring home 2,000 Indian nationals stranded in Gulf countries today; Air India to fly back 150 Indians from Sri Lanka           

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0815 HRS
09.04.2020
THE HEADLINES:-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the political party leaders; Says priority is to save each and every life.
  • US President Donald trump thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing export of Hydroxychloroquine; Says India's gesture will not be forgotten.
  • First installment of relief package to 20 crore women Jan Dhan account holders released.
  • Supreme Court directs COVID-19 tests in approved labs to be conducted free of cost.
  • 20 COVID-19 Hot spots sealed in Delhi to tackle the spread of virus; Uttar Pradesh government also seals Hot spots in 15 districts.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the ongoing situation arising out of COVID-19 outbreak as a social emergency. Prime Minister asserted that the priority of his government is to save each and every life. He said, the country has been forced to take tough decisions, and must continue to remain vigilant. Interacting with leaders of political parties in Parliament, through video conferencing yesterday he said that several state governments, district administrations and experts have asked for extension of the lock down to contain the spread of the virus. He noted that in these changing circumstances, the country should simultaneously try to bring about a change in its work culture and working style. The Prime Minister said, the  country is facing serious economic challenges as a result of COVID-19, and the government is committed to overcome it.
 
Saying that the entire world is currently facing the grave challenge of COVID-19, Prime Minister praised the efforts of the state governments working together with the Centre in this fight against the pandemic. He added that the country has witnessed constructive and positive politics through the coming together of all sections of polity to present a united front in this battle. The Prime Minister also praised the sense of belonging, discipline, dedication and commitment with which each and every citizen is contributing in this endeavour, be it in following social distancing, Janta Curfew or the Lockdown.
 
Prime Minister further said, India has been among the few nations which controlled the pace of spread of the virus till now. He also cautioned that the situation keeps changing continuously and one needs to maintain vigil at all times. Our correspondent reports that  leaders of different political parties provided feedback, suggested policy measures and  discussed the way forward.
 
"The leaders appreciated the Prime Minister for timely measures taken by him. Boosting the health and morale of the healthcare workers, ramping up testing facilities, the need to assist smaller states and UTs and tackling the challenges of hunger and malnutrition were discussed. They also spoke about economic and other policy measures to boost the country’s capability in this battle. Suggestions were also given by the leaders on extending the Lockdown and on a phased exit after Lockdown ends. Souvagya Kar, AIR News, Delhi."
 
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, DMK leader T R Balu, Sharad Pawar from NCP, Rajeev Ranjan Singh of JD (U), Lok Janshakti Party’s Chirag Paswan, Prof Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party, BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra  were among those who participated in the interaction.
 
Prime Minister Modi will interact with chief ministers of all the states on Saturday on the situation. Earlier, Prime minister had two interactions with chief ministers over the issue.

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Government has completed transfer of first installment of 500 rupees to around 20 crore women Jan Dhan account holders as part of relief package. It was announced by the government last month in the wake of COVID -19 outbreak. Official sources said the money has reached each and every account and the beneficiary can withdraw as per their needs keeping social distancing norm in the mind.
 
Last month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that around  20.5 crore women Jan Dhan account holders will get 500 rupees per month for next three months to run their households.

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Finance Ministry has imposed spending restrictions on various Ministries and Departments in view of revenue constraints caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Few Ministries and departments like health and family welfare, pharma, food and public distribution, civil aviation and AYUSH will get funds as per the Budget, while others like fertilizer, post, road transport, petroleum, commerce and coal will face spending cuts. An office memorandum issued by the finance ministry has said that the existing guidelines for expenditure control have been reviewed. Keeping in view the present situation arising out of COVID-19 and the consequential lockdown, it is expected that the cash position of the government may be stressed in the first quarter of 2020-21.

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Government has allowed Non government organisations to buy foodgrains directly from Food Corporation of India -FCI. Consumer Affairs Ministry said that NGOs and Charitable Organizations are playing important role in providing cooked food to thousands of poor and needy people during the nationwide lock down. It said, to ensure  uninterrupted supply of foodgrains to these organization, FCI  has been directed to provide Wheat and Rice to them at the Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) rates without going through the e-auction process. Our Correspondent has the details:
 
"Earlier, only state governments and registered bulk users like Roller Flour Mills are allowed to buy stock from FCI under OMSS rates. These organizations can purchase 1 to 10 Metric tonnes at a time from FCI at the predetermined reserve prices. FCI which has network of more than 2000 godowns in the country  will ensure smooth supply of food grains to these organisations in this hour of crisis. It will help relief camps in their work of feeding poor and migrant workers in the country. The details of lifting of foodgrain by such institutions will  be intimated to the concerned District Magistrates to ensure that the foodgrains are utilised for the intended purpose. ANAND KUMAR, AIR NEWS, DELHI."

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Government has issued an advisory to address the social stigma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has urged people not to label any community or area for the spread of the Corona Virus. In its advisory, the Health Ministry said, public health emergencies during an outbreak of communicable diseases may cause fear and anxiety leading to prejudices against people and communities, social isolation and stigma. It added that such behaviour may culminate into increased hostility, chaos and unnecessary social disruptions. The advisory comes following a spurt in Corona Virus cases after a Tablighi Jamaat meet at Nizamuddin in New Delhi. There are instances of people especially on social media, blaming a particular community for the spread of COVID-19.
 
The ministry also listed various dos and don'ts in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. They include- Not target healthcare and sanitary workers or police as they are to help people. The advisory came amid cases of harassment and social stigmatization of healthcare and sanitation workers.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 5,274 today registering an increase of 485 cases in the last 24 hours. So far, 411 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals while 149 have lost their lives in the country due to COVID-19. Briefing reporters in New Delhi yesterday, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, Lav Aggarwal said, as the number of COVID-19 cases are rising in the country, the government's response and preparedness are intensifying accordingly.

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The Supreme Court has directed that COVID-19 tests in approved government labs or private laboratories should be conducted free of cost. It has asked the Centre that it should immediately issue directions in this regard. The top court said the private hospitals including laboratories have an important role to play in containing the scale of the pandemic by extending philanthropic services in the hour of national crisis. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Ravindra Bhat, while hearing the matter via video conferencing, said that tests relating to COVID-19 must be carried out in the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories accredited Labs or any agencies approved by WHO or ICMR. The bench said, it is issuing the interim directions to the respondents that the tests relating to COVID-19 whether in approved Government Laboratories or approved private Laboratories shall be free of cost.
 
The bench in its order said no person be deprived to undergo the COVID-19 test due to non-payment of capped amount of 4,500 Rupees. It noted the Centre's submission that government laboratories are conducting the COVID-19 tests free of cost.

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US President Donald Trump today thanked India for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to allow the export of anti malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine to the United States. He tweeted that India's gesture would not be forgotten and said that Prime Minister Modi's leadership was helping not only India, but, humanity as well. President Trump also added that extraordinary times call for global cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.
 
Hydroxychloroquine has been identified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a possible line of treatment for the COVID-19. The disease has inflicted more than four lakh Americans, claiming lives of over 13,000. President Trump had requested the Prime Minister to lift the ban on export of Hydroxychloroquine from India and supply the drug to the United States.

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President of Brazil Bolsonaro in his address to the nation today thanked  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for helping Brazil tackle the COVID-19 outbreak by providing raw materials for Hydroxychroloquine production. Mr. Bolsonaro said that Brazil would receive the raw materials following his direct conversation with Prime Minister Modi. He expressed gratitude towards the Prime Minister and the people of India.

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A video conference of senior trade officials of all SAARC countries was held yesterday to discuss the impact of travel restrictions and the larger Covid-19 situation on intra-regional trade. This was a follow up action of the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Video Conference of SAARC Leaders on 15th of March.
 
External Affairs Ministry said in a release that all SAARC countries, except Pakistan, participated in the video conference. All countries contributed actively to the discussions on a wide-ranging trade related agenda. It was recognized that the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to have a considerable adverse impact on trade in the SAARC region. It was stressed that new ways and means be jointly identified to sustain and expand the intra-regional trade until the normal trade channels are fully restored.

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Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions,Dr Jitendra Singh yesterday handed over a consignment of 2200 Essential Kits for distribution to needy families in Delhi in the wake of COVID-19. Each such Kit consisting of nine items is meant to assist one needy family for some time. The items include three Kg rice and wheat flour, one kg pulses, one litre cooking oil, 500 gram Chiwda, one kg salt, one bathing and detergent soap and three packet biscuits. Kendriya Bhandar, which functions under the Department of Personnel and Training has taken the unique initiative of providing "Essentials Kits" to needy families. Dr Singh handed over 1700 kits to SDM, Civil Lines, Central Delhi District and the remaining 500 kits will be given to District Magistrate, Central, Delhi.

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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.
 
Talking to AIR News, Dr. Sanjay Pandey of G B Pant Hospital, New Delhi,  stressed on the need for maintaining social distancing saying initial symptoms of common flu and COVID-19 are same. 
 
Dr. Naresh Gupta of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital said, there is no proven medicine to prevent Corona virus infection.

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Delhi government has sealed 20 COVID-19 hotspots in the national capital to combat the spread of the novel virus. Talking to reporters after a high-level meeting yesterday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said nobody will be allowed to enter or exit from these areas. He said, the city  government will ensure delivery of essential items in the  sealed areas. Mr. Sisodia added that some positive cases have also been reported in Sadar area in the city and the area has been sealed.
 
Delhi government has also made it compulsory for people to wear face masks when stepping outdoors to combat the coronavirus spread. In a tweet, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of corona virus substantially. He said, cloth mask will also be eligible.
 
Mr Kejriwal also said, Delhi government departments have been asked to stop all expenditures except salary. He said, there is need to cut expenses drastically considering current revenue status.

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In Uttar Pradesh COVID-19 hotspots in 15 districts have been sealed till from mid night till April 15th morning. These districts include Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Sitapur, Sharanpur, Varanasi, Shamli, Firozabad, Bulandshahar, Bareilly, Basi and Maharajganj. The Hot spot zones have been selected on the basis of six or more Covid-19 cases reported from the area. The state government has identified 22 hotspots within Agra, 13 hotspots in Ghaziabad, 12 hotspots in Lucknow, Noida and Kanpur each, seven in Meerut, four hotspots have been identified in Varanasi, Saharanpur and Maharajganj each and three each in Shamli, Bulandhshr, Ferozabad and Basti. The containment clusters in Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida includes Sector 27, Sector 28, Sector 41, Sector 44, Sector 37, Alpha-1 Greater Noida among others.
 
"The sealing of the Hot spots in these 15 districts means that People in the sealed hotspots will not be allowed to step out of the house for anything. Essential commodities will be delivered at home. People can order groceries and medicines online and the government will set up a centralised call centre where people can call to place order for essential goods. Vegetable and fruit markets and any other place including banks and shops where the crowd can gather has been sealed. Anyone trying to enter or exit the sealed area will be booked. Each and every house in the sealed zone will be sanitized. Apart from the hotspots in these 15 districts, the lockdown in the rest of the state will continue as per the earlier directives. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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Bihar government has decided to deduct 15 percent of the monthly salaries of the Chief Minister, Ministers and all MLAs for one year. The amount will be deposited in the Corona eradication fund.This decision was taken in cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Mr Kumar said the state government has taken major steps in view of Coronavirus outbreak. The deducted fundwill be utilized for treatment of Covid-19 and other services related to elimination of Corona.

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In Madhya Pradesh, corona infected patients were reported in many new districts including Vidisha, Raisen and Betul. The number of affected people in the state has increased to 341 so far. The maximum number of 173 cases was reported in Indore and 94 in Bhopal. So far 24 people have died in the state and 25 people have discharged from hospitals. Meanwhile, Indian Railways’ Coach Rehabilitation Workshop, Bhopal has developed a mobile doctor booth named Charak with zero contact check-up facility. A report:-
 
"The mobile doctor Booth Charak will facilitate zero-contact check-ups in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak as well as ensure the safety of the medical professionals and doctors. The system will allow doctors to examine patients without direct physical contact. To facilitate the doctor for Zero Contact check-up, a glass screen with two openings and fixed gloves has been provided. There is also a facility to immediately sanitize these gloves after examining every patient. Interestingly, for the creation of CHARAK, a modular toilet unit is being used by the technocrats’ of workshop. 

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Nearly 50 per cent of the total 590 COVID-19 patients found so far in Mumbai are from four administrative wards of the city's civic body. 241 containment zones have been created in the city, where at least one or more positive or suspected case of COVID-19 found. Restrictions have been put on the movement of people in these zones to avoid spread of the virus. 57 staff members including nurses were quarantined at two civic-run hospitals in Mumbai on Wednesday after a patient each tested positive there.

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The total number of confirmed cases for Covid 19 in Gujarat has reached to 186 with seven new cases reported yesterday. Principal Secretary in the Health department Jayanti Ravi has said 143 patients are stable and two are on the ventilator. Around 100 staffers including doctors of one of the largest hospital of Ahmedabad were quarantined after a 40 year-old male patient tested positive for Covid-19.

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In Gujarat, the government will provide free ration to around 60 lakh above poverty Line families that are not covered under the National Food Security scheme.  This decision was taken during a cabinet meeting held yesterday. A report from our correspondent:-
 
"Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that each APL-1 cardholder family will be eligible to get 10 kg wheat, three kg rice, one kg pulses and one kg sugar free of cost. Around 3 crore families will be benefited from the scheme. Mr Rupani urged that only those families, which are in crisis and need food grains should come forward to take the benefit of the scheme. Earlier, the state government also distributed free ration to around 65 lakh families holding either priority ration cards or Antyodaya ration cards. 

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In Karnataka, a Government appointed Committee headed by cardiologist Dr. Devi Shetty has recommended to continue lockdown at all the hotspots in the state with high prevalence of COVID-19 positive cases. It has suggested that close observation of the pandemic should continue for next six months. It has recommended closure of schools and colleges till May end. It has also suggested that inter-state flight and train services and AC buses must not operate now. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa received the report and said that a plan of action will be prepared by the Government after considering guidelines issued by the Central Government. With six new cases reported yesterday, the total confirmed cases in Karnataka stands at 181 with five deaths and 28 discharges. Primary Education minister Suresh Kumar informed yesterday that a Private hospital in Kalburgi has been closed down as it had hidden the information about the COVID-19 patient who died yesterday.

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Andhra Pradesh yesterday reported 19 more new Covid 19 cases. The total number of cases has risen to  348 in the State. The new cases  were reported from Anantapur, Guntur, Prakasam and West Godavari Districts. With 75 Cases, Kurnool District has the highest number of cases. A total 9 patients have been recovered fully and discharged so far. The Andhra Pradesh Government has inducted 4.5 lakh volunteers and secretaries from village secretariats and ward secretariats as Corona Warriors. As part of the control measures, all volunteers are conducting a house to house survey. The Asha and ANM workers along with the volunteers are checking if people came into contact with any foreign returnees or exhibit any symptoms of the virus.

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In Tamil Nadu, the number of Covid19 cases went up to 738 after 48 people reported positive yesterday. 21 people have been discharged after being cured. A 74 year old senior citizen has also been cured. The death toll has gone up to eight with one more death in Vellore. Test results in 344 cases are awaited. More from our correspondent:
 
"The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has appealed to the corporate bodies and industrial houses to donate their corporate social responsibility funds for augmenting medical infrastructure in view of the Covid19 situation. The state administration has issued orders to incur expenditures on personal protective equipment, ventilators, consumables for hospitals, isolation facilities and providing rations to the destitute and migrant workers from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Meanwhile, the containment activities involving house-to-house screening in the state have been expanded to 34 of its 37 districts. 

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The total number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 11 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with one more case appearing yesterday. The person returned to Port Blair from Chennai in the same flight on 24th March. She has been admitted to the isolated ward of G.B Pant Hospital at Port Blair. 562 samples were sent for testing, out of which reports of 523 samples have been received till date while 39 are pending.

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In view of an ongoing curfew due tothe pandemic the Himachal Pradesh state government is maintaining adequate stock of essential commodities to facilitate people in open market. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officials that appropriate steps should be taken to facilitate harvesting by farmers. More from our correspondent-
 
"Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has been constantly in touch with Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State through video conferencing. He directed the officers to ensure buffer stock in Civil Supplies Corporation’s depots. Chief Minister said Stern action would be taken against those who found involved in hoarding and profiteering. Meanwhile, the farmers in the state have been asked to follow social distancing and safety precautions during crop harvesting season.  Horticulture Department has also been directed to ensure door to door village wise supply of fertilizers, pesticides and other plant protection material to the horticulturists. 

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Good news is coming from Ladakh, 78 perecnt of the confirmed Covid-19 cases have been cured and discharged  from the hospital. Our Leh Correspondent reports out 14 confirmed cases, 11 have now cured till now. The remaining three patients are undergoing treatment and their health conditions  are stated to be stable. A report
 
"Transmission of Covid-19 in Ladakh is under control as there is no new case reported in last one week. On the other hand, 78 percent of the confirmed cases have been cured. Surveillance and monitoring are being strictly implemented. Village head have also joined through community channels. Health workers are conducting household survey to ensure 100 percent survillence and monitoring of the situation. With Ramesh Chandra, Yangchan Dolma, AIR news, Leh Ladakh."

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The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, yesterday directed all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the Kashmir valley to strengthen ground surveillance teams and track-down all absconding travelers, of other states and visitors from abroad on war footing. He asked them to track visitors in their respective districts and ensure proper screening and administrative quarantine.
 
Divisional Commissioner also directed the DDCs to set-up separate helpline numbers for Cancer, Dialysis patients and other serious patients at all district headquarters.

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Scientists from the Savitribai Phule Pune University have been working on solutions to the corona virus epidemic. Last month Dr. Bhalchandra Pujari and Dr. Snehal Shekatkar of Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CMS) - developed a mathematical model to predict the spread of the disease by investigating transport links between cities.

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Dr. Prabha S. Chandra, Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, has pointed out ways in which one can deal with the fear stigma associated with COVID-19. She said there are five ways to deal with this in the wake of the virus outbreak.
 
"Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us and causes a lot of fear and panic and of course stigma. What are the 5 ways in which we can reduce stigma. The first: Use proper terminology, use terms like affected by Covid or recovering by Covid rather than the terms Victim. Number 2: Make sure that you don't disclose information about the people who are affected by the illness or who are being quarantined and be supportive to them. Number 3:: Avoid Sharing rumours which are unauthentic information, make sure you go to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare or WHO website to have the proper information about the illness. Number 4:: Do not create panic and fear. Do not use words like 'the world is going to end, all of us are going to die' instead share positive stories of people who are recovered and people who are helping each other and finally a plea to decrease stigma is to make sure that you enable health workers, sanitary workers and the police to work respectfully."

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TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS:-
  • Laying emphasis on Social distancing, being the need of the hour, all newspapers talk about the possibility of taking the lockdown further. The Times of India on its front page states "Lockdown extension likely as PM talks of 'National Emergency'".
  • Most newspapers also carry story on the importance of wearing masks, while, The Hindustan Times says, "Masks must in Delhi, the Times of India headline reads, "you can't step out without mask in city. Quoting the Maharashtra Chief Minister, The Statesmen headline reads "people should wear masks while stepping out of homes: Maha CM."

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