Highlights: Home Ministry forms 11 empowered groups to respond to Covid-19
Over 100 fresh coronavirus cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in India. Globally, more than 6,00,000 people have been infected by Covid-19 of which more than 31,000 have died. Spain and Italy continue to bear the brunt of the contagion as cases in Europe cross 2,00,000.
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More than 660,000 people have been infected and more than 30,000 have died due to the novel coronavirus around the world. In India, 1024 people have been infected by coronavirus and 25 people have died so far. India reported 106 new cases in the last 24-hours. PM Narendra Modi in his radio address asked people to follow lockdown measures to help curb the Covid-19 contagion. Italy and Spain continue to report surge in both death rates and cases. Spain reported 838 deaths in the last 24 hours. US CDC asked New York residents strictly to remain inside their homes.
Here are the highlights of the day on the Covid-19 pandemic
Moscow mayor asks every Muscovite to self-isolate
Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin has asked all residents in Moscow to self-isolate. Citizens of the city will only be allowed to leave their homes in the case of a medical emergency, to travel to work if necessary, and visit a grocery stores or pharmacies.
MHA forms Empowered Groups under Disaster management Act
The Ministry of Home Affairs have formed an empowered groups to address issues that might arise during lockdown. 11 teams have been formed to address various issues concerning procurement of PPEs, medical emergency management plan, augmenting human resource and capacity building etc.
Andhra Pradesh reports two new cases, 21 people affected in state
Two new cases that were reported from Andhra Pradesh were in contact with people who had been tested positive earlier. State health officials told media the new cases had contact with a returnee from UK.
Andhra Pradesh: Two new #COVID19 cases reported in Visakhapatnam today; both have contact history with case no. 7 who had returned from Birmingham. Total number of cases rises to 21 in the state. pic.twitter.com/amw9j3JzAw— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2020
UK official says lockdown could last six months
England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said that people in the UK must not suddenly revert back to normal living ways. Speaking to Reuters, Harris said, "Over time, probably over the next six months, we will have a three week review, we will see where we are going. We need to keep that lid on and then gradually we will be able to hopefully adjust some of the social distancing measures and gradually get us all back to normal."
6,465 people placed under surveillance in Kashmir
Jammu and kashmir government has placed more than 6,000 people under surveillance in a bid to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the region. Among these 34 people have Covid-19.
6465 travellers & persons in contact with suspected #COVID19 cases have been put under surveillance and, so far, 38 cases (34 active positive, 02 recovered and 02 deaths) have tested positive in J&K: Jammu & Kashmir Government— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2020
Bengal Govt launches app for fish consumers
To ensure that people whose daily staple includes fish do not have pay high prices, the West Bengal govt., launched an app for selling fish online.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Coronavirus Task Force member, says more than 100,000 will die in United States
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who sparred openly with US president Donald Trump over his handling of the epidemic, predicted that millions will be affected in US due to coronavirus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. will have “millions of cases” of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths. Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, is the U.S. government’s foremost infectious disease expert. https://t.co/CmG70Di9yx— The Associated Press (@AP) March 29, 2020
2 in Indian Army test positive
2 officials from the Indian Army have tested positive for Covid-19. One of the officials is a JCO in Dehradun.
Coronavirus cases in India breach 1,000
More than 1,000 people in India have coronavirus. 1,024 cases have been reported so far. Kerala and Maharashtra have the most Covid-19 infected patients.
MHA includes newspaper delivery among essential services
Ministry of Home Affairs in a new advisory has enlisted newspapers, battery, mobile chargers, body wash, shampoos, and oral care etc have been included.
Om Prakash, mason working in Delhi, walked 800 kms to reach his loved ones
Om Prakash walked for 800 kms over five nights and six days to reach his home in Siddharthnagar. Upon reaching home he said, "There was no option but to leave Delhi immediately on foot as we all lost our jobs and there was no money left with us. Transport services were suspended and the disease posed a threat to our lives,” Om Prakash, a father of three.
An ice rink has been has been turned into a morgue in Spain
Spain continues to report high death rates due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over 6,500 people have died due to the pandemic in Spain. More than 13,000 have recovered.
VIDEO: 🇪🇸 Workers and vehicles, including a hearse, enter and leave the #PalacioDeHielo (Ice Palace) shopping centre in #Madrid where an ice rink has been converted into a temporary morgue as Spain battles the #coronavirus pandemic pic.twitter.com/QAYq1dMVCm— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 29, 2020
DGCA suspends breathalyzer test for pilots
The Breath Analyser test that was required for aviation personnel has been temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Stay in your homes, we'll come to your aid: Arvind Kejriwal to migrant workers
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has urged migrant labourers to not cross state borders as Delhi government has made provisions for their food and lodging.
Delhi government is providing lunch and dinner to more than 4 lakh people every day. We are putting in all the efforts to make sure that everyone gets food in the national capital. There is no dearth of food & water: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/gTSRGZPzkQ— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2020
First published: Mar 29, 2020 06:06 IST