Coronavirus 19 June, Highlights: Centre directs Delhi govt to make 5-day institutional quarantine compulsory
Earlier, the Delhi government had allowed home quarantine for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms. MHA argues that isolation not possible in most homes.
By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: June 20, 2020 8:44:08 am
A Covid isolation facility at Radha Saomi Satsang Beas in New Delhi.
The Central government has instructed the Delhi government to make five-days institutional quarantine compulsory for all people testing positive for Covid-19, sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said. Earlier, the Delhi government had allowed home quarantine for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms. MHA argues that isolation not possible in most homes.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court Friday said it would direct states to set up expert panels and on installing CCTV cameras in hospitals to ensure proper treatment to COVID-19 patients while asking the Centre to take a decision on the issue of different charges being levied in different states for coronavirus tests.
India has reported 13,586 cases and 336 deaths in the last 24 hours. This takes the country’s Covid-19 tally to 3,80,532, including 1,63,248 active cases, 2,04,711 recoveries and 12,573 deaths. Haryana has emerged as a concern as it is the fastest-growing state in India’s 10 most affected states. Bihar, on the other hand, offers a glimmer of hope as its cases have slowed down. Once growing very rapidly, the state’s growth rate is now below 3 per cent.
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“Dekhiye ab hamein unlock ke phase hi dhoondhte rehna hai. Hamein unlock, unlock, unlock ki disha mein hi kadam uthaate jaana hai (We need to find ways to open further… we need to take steps only in the direction of unlock-unlock-unlock),” he said, addressing the second batch of Chief Ministers of 14 states and the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
Six of the 14 states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal — whose CMs attended the video conference on Wednesday, account for 76 per cent of total Covid cases, and 80 per cent of all Covid-related deaths, in the country. The others who participated in the meeting included CMs of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Telangana and Odisha.
PM Modi urged states with a heavy load of Covid cases to prioritise expansion of health infrastructure. He urged them to focus on testing by utilising their full capacity, quick tracing, tracking and isolating those affected, as a strategy to contain the virus spread.
The Centre on Thursday lifted the export ban on anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and its formulations. The government on March 25 had banned the export of the drug in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday said that under the Centre's Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA), migrants across 116 districts will be given work under. "Everyone who needs an assignment in these 116 districts will be given work under Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, broad estimated expenditure for the scheme is Rs 50,000 crores, the money allotted for this will be front-loaded," Sitharaman said.
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Fitch Ratings, meanwhile, revised the country's outlook to 'negative' from 'stable', stating that the pandemic has significantly weakened India's growth prospects for the year and exposed the challenges associated with a high public-debt burden.