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24.03.2020
THE HEADLINES,

  • Complete lockdown in 30 States and Union Territories to break the chain of COVID 19 transmission; States asked to take strict action against violators.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks people to take lockdown seriously and follow instructions to save themselves and their families.

  • India Inc. urged by Prime Minister not to cut workforce; Asks to allow employees to work from home.

  • Finance Ministry says contractual employees to be paid during period of absence due to lockdown.

  • Government closes incoming traffic to all 107 immigration check posts.

  • Domestic commercial airlines to cease operations from mid-night tonight.

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As many as 30 States and Union Territories have announced complete lockdown in view of Covid-19 outbreak. The lockdown covers 548 districts across the country.


Partial lockdowns have been imposed in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. 17 districts in Uttar Pradesh, 37 districts in Madhya Pradesh and 5 districts in Odisha have been put under the lockdown. The Union Territory of Lakshadweep has only imposed restrictions on certain activities so far.


Briefing media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary in Health and Family Welfare Ministry Lav Agarwal said, the Cabinet Secretary has asked the Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories to implement the restrictions strictly.


Home Secretary also asked the Director Generals of Police of the States to impose restrictions in a stricter manner.


As many as 424 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far. While 34 patients have been discharged. The death toll in COVID-19 has risen to 9 so far.


 Mr Agarwal said, the main objective is to break the chain of transmission.


He said, the government is augmenting its health care capacities and states have been requested to prepare dedicated hospitals for treatment of Corona patients.


Indian Council of Medical Reasearch Director General Dr Balram Bhargav said, instructions have been issued to conduct COVID - 19 tests and 12 Private laboratories chains with 15 thousand collection centres have started testing.


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The Finance Ministry has said that contractual casual and outsourced employees  will be paid even if they are unable to report on duty due to lockdown imposed by authorities.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a tweet that due to social distancing and isolation measures to contain spread of COVID19, there is a likelihood of number of contractual and outsourced staff working for Government of India unable to attend work. She said that this may result in deduction in wages causing hardship to them. Mrs Sitharaman added that the finance ministry has thus ordered to declare this period as on duty and wages should be paid accordingly.


The instructions will also apply to attached, subordinate offices, autonomous, statutory bodies of government of India till April 30th.

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No domestic commercial passenger flight will be allowed to operate from mid-night tonight till 31st of March. The move comes amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, the restrictions shall not apply to solely cargo carrying flights.


India has already banned international flights for a week from Sunday.The Civil Aviation Ministry said that airlines will have to plan operations so as to land at their destinations before 23.59 hours tonight.


 Along with cargo flights, off-shore helicopter operations, medical evacuation flights or flights specifically approved by aviation regulator DGCA can operate as usual.

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The Centre has decided to stop all incoming traffic at 107 immigration check points to contain the COVID - 19 outbreak. The checkpoints include all airports, seaports, land ports, rail ports and river ports. Vehicles and trains carrying goods for trade or essential goods and supplies are exempted from this prohibition. Manpower on board such vehicles will be allowed subject to thorough screening by medical staff.

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 In Uttar Pradesh, the number of districts under lockdown has gone up to 17 after inclusion of Jaunpur into it. It was announced by the government after one corona positive patient was found in Jaunpur yesterday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has appealed to citizens to stay indoors.


Meanwhile, government has ordered strict compliance of lockdown.


"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has appealed people to co-operate in fight against COVID 19 . In his massage , Mr Yogi said the situation in state is totally under control and people should not panic but to fight. The government has instructed to quarantine the people arrived in state  from out side within last two weeks. Meanwhile  government has announced Inter state boundaries of state to be sealed. The government has asked strict compliance of lock down in state and yo take stringent action against not obeying rules. Prohibitory orders  under section 144 have been imposed in all 17 districts of lockdown. Government has issued advisory not to gather more than 5 people at one  place. In wake of COVID 19, Anti CCA,NPR and NRC agitation sit in at Ghantaghar in capital Lucknow has been suspended by  women agitators. MS Yadav AIR news Lucknow."

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In Madhya Pradesh, curfew has been imposed in Bhopal and Jabalpur from midnight last night in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. Shivraj Singh Chauhan issued the orders just after assuming the charge of the Chief Minister. 7 cases have been reported in Bhopal and Jabalpur so far.


"Apart from curfew in capital Bhopal and Jabalpur, around 40 districts of the state have lockdown for different time periods. Section 144 has also been implemented in many districts. The administration has asked people to work from home. Almost all shops in all these cities are closed; buses, trains and all other transport services are also closed. So far, the number of corona infected has increased to seven in the state. Six positive patients have been found in Jabalpur and one in Bhopal. Cases of 75 probables from across the state were sent for investigation, out of which 48 found negative and reports of 12 cases are yet to be come. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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The number of COVID - 19 infected persons has gone up to 32 in Rajasthan. 4 new positive cases came up yesterday. In view of the outbreak, complete lockdown has been enforced in the state. The operation of all private vehicles will also be stopped across the state from this morning. At the same time, the toll plazas of the State Highways have been closed.


"It will work 24 X7 and people can contact on helpline number 181. At the same time, 'Health War Room' will be operated for health services, for which help can be obtained by calling helpline numbers 108 and 104. In the crisis, many religious and social institutions have come forward to help the needy people. People and organizations have donated 21 crores to the Chief Minister Relief Fund in a single day. One thousand rupees will be provided to the construction workers and registered street vendors, who have lost their livelihood due to the lockdown. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."

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A complete lockdown has been implemented across Maharashtra, the state with the largest number of cases so far.


"The lockdown in Maharashtra due to the rise in cases of COVID 19 has impacted several services like the suburban local services of Mumbai, considered as the lifeline of the city as it ferries tens of thousands of commuters on daily basis, state transport buses and many other things which are directly or indirectly connected to a common man. However, the Government had to act tough to suspend many of these services as people kept on using them despite consistent appeals to show restrain and avoid crowding the place. The latest to suspend their operations is the India Security Press and Currency Note Press, units of the vital Security Printing and Minting Corporation India Limited, based in Nashik in northen Maharashtra. Their operations have been suspended till March 31st in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The district administration in Nashik has put restrictions on fuel, allowing people to purchase fuel worth 100 rupees for two- wheelers, and for four wheelers 1,000 rupees fuel will be allowed, per day. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the divisional commissioners, district collectors, police officials, and officials from municipal corporations to be serious in their work for next 15 days. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."



The lockdown has also been ordered in Gujarat. Our correspondent reports on the restrictions in the state.....


"Statewide lockdown has been imposed in Gujarat from the midnight. This was announced by the Director General of Police Shivanand Jha in a press conference at Gandhinagar last night. He said that statewide lockdown to check the spread of Kovid 19 will be implemented with full force and utmost discipline. Mr. Jha said that all the borders with neighboring states have been sealed. He said that all vehicles including private cars and bikes will not be allowed on the roads except for essential services. He said that all essential services including Hospitals, medical stores, groceries, vegetables, milk shops etc will remain open during the lockdown. Earlier, the state government had issued the lockdown in four major cities Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot and two districts Gandhinagar and Kutch where Coronavirus positive cases reported. The decision to impose the statewide lockdown has been taken after the spike of Coronavirus positive cases in the state during the last 24 hours. 12 new cases of Coronavirus positive reported from the state yesterday, taking the total number of positive cases to 30. Out of 12 new cases, 6 cases have history of foreign travels, while 5 cases are connected with local transmission category. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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Karnataka state Government has declared complete lock-down across the state till March 31st. The lock-down was earlier limited to 9 districts where COVID 19 positive cases were reported. The non essential services in the entire state will be shut-down. Only essential services and other basic civic amenities will be allowed during the lock-down. The Government sponsored Indira canteens across the state will provide food to the poor without any charges. The High Court, City Civil Courts, District courts, Small Causes Courts, Family Courts & Labour courts will remain closed from 24th March to 6th April. More from our Correspondent:


"The state Government has taken several stringent measures to ensure social distancing to curtail the pandemic. Those under quarantine will invite legal action if seen in public. War rooms and Task forces are in place to monitor the situation. Exclusive COVID 19 hospitals are being planned in all the districts with sufficient ventilators and other medical equipment. A 1200 bed separate block will be created in Victoria hospital in Bengaluru to treat COVID 19 cases and another 1200 beds will be pooled up by the private hospital in the city. The private hospitals have come forward to spare the services of doctors and clinical staff working in their hospitals. To ensure that there is no more transmission of the virus locally, entry points to the state are closed down. Till date over one lakh 27 thousand passengers have been screened in Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Karwar. There are 33 confirmed cases in the state with one death. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."

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Kerala enters into a complete lockdown as more Covid 19 cases were confirmed.


"28 more Covid 19 positive cases were confirmed last night in Kerala taking the total confirmed cases in the State to 95.Out of this 4 people had already recovered from the disease. 95 people are presently being treated of Covid 19 in the State. The condition of the patients are stable.Around 63000 people are under observation in the State. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that kerala will be completely lockdown till March 31st.State boundaries are closed. Only essential service will be allowed.Public transport will not function.Private vehicles are allowed. Gatherings are completely prohibited.People going out without valid reason and those not following guidelines will be arrested or imposed with heavy fine. All religious institutions in.the State will be closed. Mr Vijayan said that Government will ensure that all essential commodities will be available. Shops will only open from 7 am to 5 pm.Medical Stores are exempted from the time limit. Restaurants are not allowed but home Delivery and parcel service is allowed. Chief Minister further clarified that the newly confirmed cases are Dubai returned individuals and presently there is no evidence of community spread.He further urged complete support of the people to face this unprecedented challenge. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."



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The Inter-state borders of National Capital Delhi have been sealed by Police except for the movement of essential goods and services. Yesterday, police imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in Delhi till March 31st in view of the coronavirus outbreak.


"Strict checking is being done at the border pickets and internal pickets within the city in every police station area to ensure that no gathering or movement takes place in contravention of the prohibitory orders. Delhi Police said, Strict legal action will be taken against those found violating the prohibitory orders. To ensure compliance of the prohibitory orders, patrolling will be conducted and announcements will be made seeking cooperation of people and informing them about legal action that violation of the orders may attract. Private organisations in Delhi engaged in essential services will have to seek curfew passes.The passes being issued by the Delhi Police are only for the interborder movement of people engaged in essential services. Government officials who are engaged in essential services will also be permitted to enter Delhi on the basis of their identity cards. Media persons will not need these passes and they can show their identity cards. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."

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THIS IS ALL INDIA RADIO, GIVING YOU A SPECIAL PROGRAM ON COVID 19.
LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE HEADLINES ONCE AGAIN.

  • Complete lockdown in 30 States and Union Territories to break the chain of COVID 19 transmission; States asked to take strict action against violators.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks people to take lockdown seriously and follow instructions to save themselves and their families.

  • India Inc. urged by Prime Minister not to cut workforce; Asks to allow employees to work from home.

  • Finance Ministry says contractual employees to be paid during period of absence due to lockdown.

  • Government closes incoming traffic to all 107 immigration check posts.

  • Domestic commercial airlines to cease operations from mid-night tonight.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exhorted industry stakeholders to adopt a humanitarian approach and not to cut down on workforce in spite of the negative impact on business due to COVID-19. Interacting with industry representatives through video conference from ASSOCHAM, FICCI, CII and several local Chambers from eighteen cities across the country, Mr Modi asked them to allow employees to work from home, wherever doing so is feasible using technology. He thanked the industry representatives for speaking in one voice on the needs of the unorganized sector and said that it marks a new dawn of economic integration.

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The Prime Minister has shared a link on information regarding COVID-19 in sign language via a tweet. In his tweet, the PM said that the link contains valuable information on COVID-19 in sign language. Mr. Modi has been taking to social media to disseminate information on ways to protect against the infection.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. In a tweet, he urged people to follow instructions seriously and save themselves and their families. He said, he has requested the state governments to get the rules and laws followed.


The government has asked states to strictly enforce the lockdown in the areas where it has been announced in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. Legal action will be taken against violaters.


Prime Minister has urged the media representatives to launch 'Stay Home' campaign so that citizens can understand the gravity of the situation and take the lockdown seriously. The Prime Minister interacted with media heads through video conferencing over COVID-19 outbreak yesterday.

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The Prime Minister has highlighted the importance of remaining indoors to break the chain of COVID 19 transmission. In his address to the nation last week, he urged people to venture out of their homes only if necessary.

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Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has advised people to follow basic protective measures so that they can keep themselves safe from the Novel Coronavirus.


"People should avoid participating in large gatherings. If a person is experiencing cough and fever he/she should avoid close contact with others. People are advised not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth without cleaning their hands. Spitting in public places should be avoided. All persons should practice frequent handwashing with soap and water or use alcohol based hand rub. Used tissues should be thrown into closed bins immediately after use. In case of fever, difficulty in breathing and cough, doctor should be consulted immediately. The Health Ministry has issued a toll free number 1075 for the public for enquiry about Corona virus. It has also issued an email id ncov2019@gmail.com for any assistance on the pendamic."

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A Pune based COVID couple has tested negative after 14 days of quarantine at a hispital. They were part of a tourist group which returned to Mumbai from Dubai on 1st March. They had travelled to Pune by cab. The daughter of the couple and the cab driver also tested positive for the coronavirus subsequently. Yesterday, the couple's samples were sent for testing to NIV after they completed 14 days of Quarantine at a Hospital & their tests have come negative.

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Testing facilities have been expanded. Instructions have been issued to conduct the test and 12 private laboratory chains having 15 thousand collection centres have started testing.


First Made in India Test Kit to diagnose COVID-19 has got the commercial approval by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). According to the developers, it  would cost nearly one-fourth of the current procurement cost and is faster as it screens and detects the infection within 2.5 hours as compared with over 7 hours by others.

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A group of Scientists have analysed reports from Wuhan Institute of Virology and published a research paper in latest edition of the “The Nature” magazine. They have reported that Hydroxy Chloroquine, is effective in stopping the growth of Novel Corona Virus infection in laboratory conditions. According to this study, Hydroxy Chloroquine has a good potential to combat COVID-19. However, it depends on the results of clinical trials. US based  FDA is yet to give approval to the use of Hydroxy Chloroquine for treatment of COVID-19.


Back home, ICMR has recommended Hydroxychloroquine for healthcare workers, persons caring for COVID-19 patients in households.

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World Health Organization is launching a multi-country trial to have a clear, strong evidence for effective treatment. Under this project, four drug regimens will be tested for COIVD-19 therapy. These include- an experimental antiviral drug Remdesivir, the antimalarial drug Chloroquin or Hydroxychloroquine), a combination of two HIV drugs- Lopinavir & Ritonavir, and a combination of the same two HIV drugs with the anti-inflammatory interferon beta. The drug combination was used in patients during the SARS and MERS outbreaks, and it appeared to help. Remdesivir  was  developed to treat Ebola virus infection in Africas. Laboratory tests have shown that it can stop the growth of Novel Corona Virus in the cells as well.

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The first human trial of a vaccine against Novel Corona Virus by a Boston-based biotech firm began last week. The first of the 45 healthy volunteers received their first dose of experimental vaccine. The vaccine will be studied first in a group of 45 healthy volunteers, who have not been infected with Novel Corona Virus that causes COVID-19. According to Experts, it will take at least over an year, may be 18 months for any vaccine to become available to the general public. It will also provide an insight into how the immune system can fight the virus.

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In Ladakh, people from all walks of life have joined the health fraternity to fight Coronavirus. An innovative youth Tamchos Gurmet has come up with an innovative zero hand touch wash basin on Monday to fight with Coronavirus.


"In this testing time in Ladakh, people are contributing their concern to fight with Coronavirus outbreak. An innovative youth Tamchos Gurmet has designed a zero hand touch wash basin with aim to contribute from him for the covid warriors to ensure infection free water tape for them for washing hand and returning home for their family without fear of infection by touching tape. The newly designed wash basin need no hand touch. we can have soap liquid drops, water to wash hands, tissues paper for wiping palms just by a press of peddle of foot and get the hand wash. He demonstrated to Commissioner Secretary Health Rigzin Samphel which donated to the SNM hospital, which is fighting with Coronavirus. Impressed with the design, Mr Rigzin Samphel asked designer Gurmet to give the brief design details for further forwarding to Ministry of health and family welfare . Health Commissioner Secretary also urged him two more such innovations one for Kargil District and another for Chushot, which is fighting with Coronavirus. With Ramesh Chandra, this is Yangchan Dolma reporting from Leh Ladakh."

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Amid global outbreak of COVID-19, countries across the world are adopting severe measures including lockdown to contain the spread of the virus. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has enforced the strictest curbs on movement of people for at least three weeks in the country. The death toll has reached 335 in the United Kingdom with over 6,650 confirmed cases.

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINES

 All domestic flights being suspended from midnight tonight to contain the corona outbreak gets top billing in most newspapers today.

  • "Locked Down and Grounded" headlines the Hindustan Times. "Lockdown spreads, state by state" leads the Indian Express.

  • "India seals off airspace to fight corona" reports the Pioneer.

  • "Curfew Pass Needed to Enter City" is the lead headline in The Times of India. "Delhi borders sealed: IDs for essential staff, curfew passes for rest" writes the Indian Express.

  • "Tamil Nadu announces dedicated hospital for COVID-19 patients" headlines the Hindu. "Punjab first to declare Curfew" writes the Tribune. "West Bengal reports its first COVID-19 death" informs the Statesman.

  • in news of some cheer, the Hindustan Times  writes more than 1 lakh people of the over 3.5 lakh infected with the coronavirus disease have recovered worldwide.

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