A week into the lockdown, and faced with an extraordinary situation of large-scale migrant worker movement, several states, including Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, and West Bengal, are scrambling to find funds to undertake even basic relief measures for the most vulnerable sections of their people. While most states have written letters to PM Narendra Modi asking that the Centre clear their pending dues, they are likely to press these demands at a video conference he has scheduled on Thursday. In the last meeting, while all CMs were present, only eight were invited to speak. This time around, several CMs would want to tell the Prime Minister about the acute economic distress in their respective states,” said a senior state government official, who did not wish to be quoted.
So far, all positive patients have been kept in hospital, but as numbers rise, discussions are being held about sending the milder cases to home quarantine and monitoring them over phone. Highly placed government sources said this was being discussed as much to rationalise the use of hospital beds as to minimise exposure of healthcare workers, who are most at risk of contracting the disease.
Testing everyone will need a use of lot of resources and will not give us any concrete data. Testing the population that needs to be tested and which will help policymakers to make a decision is important.
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Officials suspect the new cases are linked to the Noida fire safety firm which was sealed Tuesday. Till Wednesday evening, Noida had the maximum number of cases in the district at 48.
Anup Kumar Yadav, Director of National Health Mission, said in most of the cases of death, the patients neither had a foreign travel history nor came in close contact with any infected person.
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As quite a few dispensaries in the city have shut down in the current situation and local residents are unable to travel to their family doctor during the lockdown, the mobile medical facility will be helpful, said Gaikwad.
“We advise car owners to keep their car in motion, even if it has been stationary. The car should be run atleast 5 meters front or reverse, once a week, to avoid any mechanic failure in the vehicle,” said Hitesh Taneja, Manager, Volkswagen, Chandigarh.
To use the helpline, simply save the number +91 20 2612 7394 in your phone contacts and then text the word ‘Hi' in a WhatsApp message to get started. This service will be available both in English and Marathi, a statement issued Wednesday said.
According to officials, the deceased is the father-in-law of the man who came from Amravati to Meerut. Medical officials state that sixteen members of the same family were infected during his 3 day stay in Meerut.
Thirty-one people, including four Indonesians, are believed to have received the infection from the two Thai nationals.
The 30 new cases and all nine deaths, including Wednesday's three, were linked to the Tablighi Jamaat meeting held in New Delhi's Nizamuddin area during mid-March.
For the last one week, farmers across the state are dumping their produce, since they can't transport it to the market due to the lockdown. Recently several farmers of Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts dumped ready-to-harvest grapes into compost pits.
Several videos of two men dressed as Yamaraja -- the lord of death -- and Chitragupta to alert people about the virus are being shared online.
In total, 29 exams will be held again. The Board will conduct examinations for only main subjects that will be required for promotion and maybe crucial for admissions in higher educational institutions, CBSE said.
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