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Coronavirus Highlights: Mumbai doctor dies of COVID-19, all family members test positive

Coronavirus India Highlights: As per the last update from the Health Ministry, the death toll in India stood at 17 while 66 patients have recovered.

By: Express Web Desk | Beijing, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Paris, Washington |
Updated: March 28, 2020 10:44:43 am
Why you must not take COVID-19 lightly only because a lot of other diseases ‘kill many more people’ As per the last update from the Health Ministry, the death toll in India stood at 17 while 66 patients have recovered.(File)

Coronavirus Highlights: A doctor in Mumbai, who tested positive for COVID-19, died last night at city’s Hinduja Hospital. His grandson had returned from the United Kingdom on March 12 and was under self-quarantine, the family told civic officials. The 82-year-old doctor, however, developed cough four days ago. Upon testing, the result came positive and the doctor was admitted to Hinduja. The family of six has been tested positive for the virus.

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As per the last update from the Health Ministry, the death toll in India stood at 17 while 66 patients have recovered. The total number of cases also rose to 724. Globally, the casualties have spiked to 24,057 and the number of cases crossed 5 lakhs. The Health Ministry, earlier in the day, informed that the Cabinet Secretary has directed all state governments to monitor all international passengers present in the country.

Earlier in the day, Reserve Bank of India cut its repo rate by 75 basis points (bps) to 4.4 per cent to curtail the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent 21-day lockdown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to call the steps ‘giant’ to save the economy. “Today RBI has taken giant steps to safeguard our economy from the impact of the Coronavirus. The announcements will improve liquidity, reduce cost of funds, help middle class and businesses,” the PM tweeted.

Italy is still at the top in the number of casualties which is 8,215 followed by Spain at 4,365, China at 3,169, Iran at 2,234 and France at 1,696. While after the US, the number of positive cases in China is at 81,782, Italy at 80,589, Spain at 57,786 and Germany at 43,938 so far. (Follow our full coverage on coronavirus pandemic and India lockdown)

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The Rs 1.7 lakh crore economic package announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the vulnerable sections — farmers, women, construction workers, senior citizens, widows and the disabled — is less than 1 per cent of India’s GDP. The nationwide lockdown, imposed to stop the novel coronovirus in its tracks, has led to scores of daily wage workers and informal sector entrepreneurs losing earning opportunities from their existing activities.

On Thursday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a Rs 1.70 lakh crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana’ relief package to alleviate the distress of those least equipped to bear the cost of staying at home for the larger public interest of battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The issue at hand is not just the size of the package relative to the GDP but the urgency of monetary transfer to unorganised sector workers, who have not only lost their jobs and income, but also face a massive health scare.

The central government’s package, as it is, comes a week after Kerala first announced a Rs 20,000-crore support for its people. Many states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Telangana and Rajasthan followed suit.

Even now, there is no evidence that the government has a plan for unorganised sector workers such as dhobis, rickshaw pullers, barbers, rural labourers, etc, even if they are registered with state governments. Neither for construction workers who are not registered with states. Workers in both these segments will not be eligible for any payout.

Meanwhile, the Congress and the CPM on Thursday called the measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman “inadequate” and “too little, too late”.

While former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi called the package ‘the first step in the right direction”, senior party leader P Chidambaram only gave it a “cautious welcome”. Congress leader Anand Sharma said he “broadly” supports the action plan. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the package is inadequate.

Meanwhile, inviting suppliers to submit quotations for a “tentative requirement” of 5 lakh antibody kit, ICMR has said that supply has to be “ensured” to six locations in the country: Dibrugarh, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, and Delhi. Currently, India is only conducting the RT-PCR test; the government has fixed a Rs 4,500-cap for a RT-PCR test in a private laboratory. The ICMR has also asked suppliers for a quotation on procurement of 7 lakh RNA extraction kits.

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