NEW DELHI: The Centre on Sunday asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to effectively seal state and district borders to stop the movement of migrant workers, who will be put in 14-days quarantine at destinations for violating the lockdown. Meanwhile, the health ministry said there are 979 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, including 25 deaths.
Here are the top developments:
- Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba and Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla asked all the state chief secretaries and DGPs to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways as the lockdown continues.
- Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla asked all states and Union territories to allow transportation of all goods, without distinction of essential and non-essential, during the lockdown period.
- The Prime Minister’s Office constituted 10 different high-level committees to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track, reduce pain and misery of people as quickly as possible post 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
- Aviation regulator DGCA on Sunday said it was suspending breathalyser tests, which is done to detect alcohol, for all aviation personnel, including pilots, hours after an Air India union had requested it to do so citing that these tests could spread coronavirus.
- The government has launched a toll-free helpline number – 08046110007 — for people who may face any mental health issue due to the ongoing countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
- Over 10 domestic manufacturers in India have been asked to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), designed to safeguard the health of medical professionals treating coronavirus patients, the Health Ministry said.
- SpiceJet and IndiGo aircraft on Sunday took 275 Indians, who were recently evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran, from Delhi to Jodhpur for quarantine.
- Kerala: Twenty more people were detected with coronavirus in Kerala, taking the total number of those undergoing treatment for the deadly infection to 181.
- Maharashtra: Seven more people have tested positive for coronavirus infection in Maharashtra, taking the total number of patients to 203. Also, a 45-year-old man who died in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district on Saturday tested coronavirus positive; state death toll reached 8.
- Uttar Pradesh: Uttar Pradesh has reported a total of 68 coronavirus cases with around half of them from Gautam Buddh Nagar district which includes Noida.
- Tamil Nadu: Eight more people tested positive for COVID19 in Tamil Nadu taking the total cases in the state to 50.
- Karnataka: Seven new cases of coronavirus were reported in Karnataka, taking the tally in the state to 83.
- Odisha: Facing a shortage of doctors, the Odisha government has decided to give training to MBBS students so that they can be deployed in hospitals meant for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
- Delhi: Twenty-three new coronavirus cases reported in Delhi, taking the total number of positive cases to 72.
- Ladakh: There have been no positive cases of COVID-19 over the last ten days in the Union Territory. Also, three people, who had got the coronavirus infection, have been cured while 10 others are being treated.
- Mizoram: The wife and two children of the lone COVID-19 patient from Mizoram were discharged from a state-run hospital here after they tested negative for the disease.
- Punjab: The state of Punjab has not reported any fresh case of coronavirus in the last two days.
- Bihar: Four fresh coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Bihar; the total count in the state has gone up to 15.
- The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus rose to 31,412 on Sunday, according to a tally compiled by AFP.
- Spain reported a national daily record of 838 coronavirus deaths in a fresh warning to the world that long-term lockdowns may be needed to halt the deadly march of the disease.
- Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said.
- Iran President Hassan Rouhani warned that “the new way of life” in the country was likely to be prolonged, as its declared death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 2,640.
- China resumed domestic flights in the coronavirus epicentre Hubei province, except for its capital Wuhan, as part of a plan to ease lockdown in the region amid a decline in the number of confirmed cases.
- Italy has announced that it will send food vouchers to those who cannot afford groceries.
- The United Arab Emirates has launched a drive-through coronavirus testing facility as part of the Gulf state’s efforts to fight the disease, the Abu Dhabi government’s media office announced.
- France staged its largest evacuation of coronavirus patients to date from hospitals in the hard-hit east, increasing efforts to free up intensive care units as officials brace for even more serious cases in the coming days.
- Russia, which has not imposed a full lockdown, will close its borders on Monday and next week will be a week off from work.