AN informal group of Union Ministers has been brainstorming on the issues arising out of the nationwide lockdown to counter the coronavirus outbreak and exploring the possible next steps and options after the 21-day period ends April 14. “This (nationwide lockdown) cannot continue for an indefinitely long period. But it also doesn’t appear advisable to lift it from everywhere in one go,” said a source aware of the deliberations in the informal group headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The committee met for the third time on friday and is likely to meet early next week again. It is learnt that the group may be in a position to make up its mind only after looking at the corona numbers — rate of growth of new cases, extent of the spread — by April 10.
The cases have come from 17 states and Union Territories — Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Home-made masks might not be as effective in blocking outside particles as professional masks, but they are nonetheless better than not having a mask at all. Simple masks made of cotton cloth do keep out larger particles. And these can be washed and reused multiple times.
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The challenges have been humongous and unprecedented. We had to ensure there is enforcement but with a human face, says Gautam Budh Nagar Police Commissioner Alok Singh.
Varun and Soumya (a pair of striped Hyenas), Drogone and Pinto (a pair of leopards) and Shakti and Karishma (a pair of tigers) have been forced to alter their food choices owing to the 21-day lockdown.
“In a time like this, nobody will increase or decrease figures. This is a very serious issue,” said West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha.
"All the eight positive cases that we have detected are from outside Latur. They belong to Andhra Pradesh," said Latur District Collector G Shrikant.
The man feels ‘fit and fine’ when it comes to his physical health, but cannot put aside the constant worry he has for his wife’s well being.
Meanwhile, 9,000 doctors, medical officers, AYUSH doctors, physiotherapists and others are being identified across the state to be trained in ventilatory care, said health principal secretary Jayanti Ravi.
Among the fresh 60 cases, 25 are from Agra, eight from Noida, six from Maharajganj, four each from Hathras and Ghaziabad, three each from Varanasi and Shamli, two each from Ghazipur and Mirzapur, and one each from Baghpat, Pratapgarh, Saharanpur and Banda.
The sale of alcohol is suspended in the state in the wake of the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Officers said the technology is enabling police make lockdown-related announcements and organise their ground forces in congested areas of Hyderabad.
Yediyurappa said the community leaders will give details of persons who visited the Tabligh event in Delhi. “The Muslim community leaders will convince the people who have attended the Tabligh event to undergo tests for Covid-19 and strict quarantine for prescribe period,” he added.
Mrinalini, a Delhi-based Kathak dancer, came up with her interpretation of a poem on hope despite lockdowns and death due to the COVID-19 virus. The video has struck a chord with many across social media.
There should be a task force set up by every institute which should include psychologists to handle mental health issues, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishak had suggested.
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