India’s response to COVID-19 has been robust, helping it check spread better than many countries. Several measures, from surveillance to tests across labs, are derived from lessons learnt from earlier epidemics, including 1994 plague and last year’s Nipah. While the current pandemic is unprecedented, considering the scale of the ensuing countrywide lockdown, India has battled several epidemic situations, with each testing the country’s health systems — from the suspected pneumonic plague of September 1994 to the Nipah outbreaks of 2018 and 2019, besides the pandemic influenza H1N1, bird flu or A(H5N1), the Zika virus outbreak, as well as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or MERS, Congo fever and a few others.
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For the poor and needy, the Delhi government has opened several hunger relief centres across the city.
In the last two days, thousands of labourers staying in rented accommodations across Noida and Greater Noida have been walking towards villages in UP to reach their homes.
Over the calls initiated by a youth collective, the Blue Ribbon Movement (BRM), a boy spoke of how he found it difficult to have his own space in the house, which propelled him to sometimes spend hours sitting inside his car.
The PM also appreciated the steps taken by the state government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, sources said. A source in the administration said Banerjee had also sought the Centre’s help to fight coronavirus in the state.
"It is a team work right from the contractual staff engaged is cleaning the rooms and wards occupied by COVID-19 patients to treating doctors," says Chhaya, who had also handled patients during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009.
Out of money, short on space, low on patience, a slum in Panchkula with one case and 9,000 quarantined people watches its supplies dwindle.
As the state government enforced the nation-wide lockdown, labourers working in factories, construction sites, agricultural fields started leaving their settlements from Rajkot city and rural parts of the district as well as neighbouring Morbi district on Wednesday.
The children’s photograph went viral on Thursday. In a few videos, which have also been shared widely, the children can be seen eating something from a plant from a steel vessel.
"Many people promised that they will follow all the rules and regulations to curb the spread of the virus, I can definitely say this initiative has made an impact," the police officer said.
Cyberabad DCP (Traffic) SM Vijay Kumar said that in view of road safety, it has been decided to not to allow any light/small/medium motor vehicles on the ORR. Reckless driving on empty roads are leading to road accidents, he said.
Karnataka confirmed 10 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, taking the total number of the positive cases in the state to 74.
A police official wearing a helmet made to look like the COVID-19 was seen interacting with people in Chennai and warned violators of the national lockdown what could happen to them if they contracted the virus.
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