President Kovind, PM Modi and other leaders extend greetings to nation on Ram Navami


President Kovind, PM Modi and other leaders extend greetings to nation on Ram Navami

Ram Navami will be celebrated across India on Thursday, April 2. Ram Navami is observed as the birth anniversary of Lord Ram. On the auspicious occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra and other leaders extended their greetings to countrymen.

Taking to Twitter, President Ram Nath Kovind wrote that the ideal life of Lord Rama gives us the message of virtue, tolerance, warmth, and friendship. He asked people to pledge to follow Lord Ram's teachings and build a glorious India. "Come, on this festival of Ram Navami, let us pledge to follow Shri Ram's ideals in our lives and build a glorious India," he wrote in Hindi.


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राम नवमी के पावन अवसर पर सभी देशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।

भगवान राम का आदर्श जीवन हमें सदाचार, सहनशीलता, सहृदयता और मैत्री-भाव का संदेश देता है।

आइए, राम नवमी के इस पर्व पर हम, अपने जीवन में श्रीराम के आदर्शों का अनुसरण करने और गौरवमयी भारत के निर्माण का संकल्प लें।

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too extended heartfelt greetings to all countrymen on the occasion of Ram Navami. "On the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami, heartfelt greetings to all the countrymen. Jai Shree Ram!" he tweeted.


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रामनवमी के पावन अवसर पर समस्त देशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। जय श्रीराम!

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah wished for everyone's health and good fortune. "A strong symbol of India's faith and unwavering reverence -- Lord Shree Ram may bless and bring good health and good fortune to everyone," he tweeted.


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समस्त देशवासियों को रामनवमी के महापर्व की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ।

भारत की आस्था और अटूट श्रद्धा के सबल प्रतीक प्रभु श्री राम सब पर अपनी कृपा बनायें और सभी के जीवन में उत्तम स्वास्थ्य और सौभाग्य लायें।

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also extended greetings. "Best wishes & greetings to each & every one of you on Ram Navmi," he wrote.


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सभी देशवासियों को रामनवमी के पावन पर्व की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।

Best wishes & greetings to each & every one of you on Ram Navmi. 

 #रामनवमी

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also extended greetings. "On the auspicious occasion of #Ramnavmi, my best wishes & greetings to all. Lord Ram’s life teaches us to face all challenges with equanimity. May Sri Ram give us the strength & determination to overcome difficulties," he wrote.


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On the auspicious occasion of #Ramnavmi, my best wishes & greetings to all. Lord Ram’s life teaches us to face all challenges with equanimity. May Sri Ram give us the strength & determination to overcome difficulties.

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Ramnavmi is celebrated all over India every year on the last day of Chaitra Navaratri to mark the birth of Lord Rama. On this auspicious day, young girls, representing the nine forms of the goddess, are offered gifts and Prasad (sweet). However, India is under lockdown till April 14, following which, people have been instructed to maintain social distancing strictly to combat COVID- 19, which has infected over 1800 people so far.




Coronavirus Update: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa donates his one-year salary to CM relief fund


Coronavirus Update: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa donates his one-year salary to CM relief fund

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday announced that he will contribute his one year's salary to Chief Minister's Relief Fund in a bid to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The Chief Minister has also appealed to the citizens to do their bit and contribute in whatever capacity possible to help the state in fighting the pandemic, informed the Chief Minister's Office.

"Chief Minister @BSYBJP has announced that he will donate his entire one-year's salary to the CM Relief Fund Covid-19," tweeted Yediyurappa in Kannada and English from this tech hub.


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#ಕೊರೊನ ಸೋಂಕು ವಿರುದ್ಧದ ಹೋರಾಟಕ್ಕೆ ನನ್ನ ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷದ ಸಂಬಳವನ್ನು 'ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳ ಪರಿಹಾರ ನಿಧಿ ಕೋವಿಡ್-19' ಕ್ಕೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಸಚಿವರು, ಶಾಸಕರು, ಸಂಸದರು, ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮ ಕೈಲಾದ ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ದೇಣಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿ ಈ ಹೋರಾಟಕ್ಕೆ ಬಲ ತುಂಬಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡುತ್ತೇನೆ.#KarnatakaFightsCorona #COVID19

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"I am giving my one-year salary to 'Chief Minister's Relief Fund Kovid-19' to fight infection. I appeal to ministers, legislators, MPs, officials and the public to donate as much as they can to strengthen this struggle", Yediyurappa said.

In a video clip tagged along with the tweet, Yediyurappa also urged in Kannada all his cabinet colleagues, ruling BJP Legislators, officials and citizens to liberally contribute to the relief fund to fight the infectious disease.

"I also appeal to the citizens to contribute in whatever capacity to help the state in fighting the coronavirus outbreak," said Yediyurappa in the tweet.

Over 100 people across the southern state tested positive for the dreadful pandemic till Tuesday, including three deaths and 8 discharged, said the state health department in a statement here.




Coronavirus Update: 2,361 people brought out from Markaz in 36-hour operation, 617 sent to hospitals says Manish Sisodia


Coronavirus Update: 2,361 people brought out from Markaz in 36-hour operation, 617 sent to hospitals says Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said that a total of 2,361 people have been brought out from Markaz, Nizamuddin in a joint operation by authorities which lasted 36 hours.

"In the last 36 hours, we have run a very extensive operation in coordination with medical authorities, police, DTC, and others which went on till 4 am today. A total of 2,361 have been brought out from there, out of those 617 have been sent to hospitals while the rest have been sent to different quarantine facilities," Sisodia told ANI here.

A huge religious gathering was held at the Markaz building in Nizamuddin between March 13-15 violating lockdown conditions. On Tuesday, after 24 people who attended the Markaz event in Nizamuddin were tested positive for coronavirus.

"I thank the administration and medical teams and all others who took part in this operation despite knowing that COVID-19 positive cases might be present there," he added.

The Deputy CM further said a list of phone numbers of all the people brought out from the spot has been handed over to the police and the cyber cell will trace the people they contacted over the past few days.

Urging others who attended the event at Markaz in March to come forward and approach the health authorities on their own, Sisodia said, "All of you should come forward and report to the health authorities. If you try to hide your illness from the administration then action will be taken against you." An FIR has been registered against Tablighi Jamaat head Maulana Saad and others under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897.

 
 
 



Coronavirus Update: People rush to markets during lockdown relaxation in Mangaluru


Coronavirus Update: People rush to markets during lockdown relaxation in Mangaluru

People rushed to markets here to buy essentials after the lockdown imposed in the backdrop of COVID-19 outbreak was relaxed for a few hours on Tuesday.

The lockdown was relaxed from 6 am to 3 pm and people were seen practicing the rule of social distancing by queuing properly and wearing masks.

A 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week in order to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 1397 on Tuesday after 146 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours across the country.

The death toll due to the COVID-19 rose to 35 while 123 cases were cured or discharged after treatment, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.




Retired SC Judge Markandey Katju 'clarifies' stance on Bihar doctors after facing criticism over his previous FB post


Retired SC Judge Markandey Katju 'clarifies' stance on Bihar doctors after facing criticism over his previous FB post

Retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Wednesday issued a clarification on his earlier Facebook post where he had said that if Bihar government hospital doctors refused to work due to lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid coronavirus infection, what will happen to their Hippocratic Oath.

Taking to Facebook, Markandey Katju wrote, "Many people have criticised me for my previous FB post. So let me clarify. I never said that the demand of doctors for PPE (personal protective equipment) in view of the coronavirus danger is unjustified."

"My question is: should doctors refuse to treat patients with infectious diseases until provided PPE ? There are numerous infectious diseases in the world. Should doctors refuse to treat patients infected by them until given PPE for fear that they may themselves be infected ? In my opinion the correct answer can only be in the negative," he further added.


The retired Supreme Court judge also said that hospitals should provide PPE to doctors. "It is true that the authorities should provide PPE to doctors. But what if they don’t? Should doctors violate their Hippocratic Oath in this situation and refuse to treat infected patients?" he wrote.

Markandey Katju also said that doctors are endangering themselves, but they should follow the message of Lord Krishna in the Gita and do their duty regardless of the consequences.

On Wednesday, Markandey Katju had written a Facebook post in which he said that many doctors in government hospitals in Bihar have refused to work in their hospitals unless they are provided with personal protective equipment to avoid corona virus infection.


He further wrote that there are many infectious diseases, but if doctors ignore their sacred duty of treating the sick just because they themselves may get infected, what will happen to their Hippocratic oath.

Earlier on March 17, Markandey Katju slammed former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi for his Rajya Sabha nomination.

Katju on Twitter lashed out at Gogoi by calling him a 'sexual pervert'. He wrote, "I have been a lawyer for 20 years and a judge for another 20. I have known many good judges and many bad judges. But I have never known any judge in the Indian judiciary as shameless and disgraceful as this sexual pervert Ranjan Gogoi. There was hardly any vice which was not in this man."




Over 130 people from Pune attended Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi: Pune district collector


Over 130 people from Pune attended Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi: Pune district collector

On Wednesday, Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram said that over 130 people from Pune attended Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi.

The Pune district collector also said that all 60 have been put under quarantine in connection and authorities are tracing others. "The total number of people from Pune who attended the event at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi is more than 130. Many of them are either not in Pune or are untraceable. The search for them is underway," Naval Kishore Ram said.


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Total number of people from Pune who attended event at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, is more than 130, many of them either not in Pune or are untraceable. Search for them is going on: Pune District Collector, Naval Kishore Ram. #COVID19 https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1245190046434590720 …

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Till now 60 people from Pune have been put under quarantine, in connection with Nizamuddin Markaz (in Delhi) matter; nobody has symptoms, samples being sent for testing. Tracing for others is on: Pune District Collector, Naval Kishore Ram

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Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday had said that the officials are not certain of the accurate number of people who participated in the event but it is being estimated that 1,500-1,700 people had assembled at the Markaz building.

The religious gathering was held at the Markaz building in Nizamuddin between March 13-15. The total number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 1397 on Tuesday after 146 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours across the country.

The death toll due to the COVID-19 rose to 35 while 123 cases were cured or discharged after treatment, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

(Inputs from Agencies)




I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties: PM Modi on coronavirus lockdown


I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties: PM Modi on coronavirus lockdown

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 63rd edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat'. During 'Mann Ki Baat' while talking about nationwide lockdown, PM Modi said that he apologies for taking harsh steps which have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people.

"I seek forgiveness from all countrymen, and my conscience tells me that you will definitely forgive me as I had to take certain decisions which have put you in a lot of difficulties, especially when I look at my poor brothers and sisters, I definitely feel that that they must be thinking, what kind of Prime Minister is this who has placed us in this difficulty. I especially seek their forgiveness," Modi said.

The Prime Minister, in his first 'Mann ki Baat' since the lockdown came into force, further said that he understood that many people would be "possibly angry at me for being locked in their homes." "I understand your troubles, but there was no other way to wage a war against corona for a country like India with 1.3 billion population. It is a battle of life and death and we have to win it and, therefore, such strong measures were absolutely necessary," Modi said.

He also said that he was hurt when he came to know that some some people were misbehaving with those who are being advised home quarantine. "I was extremely hurt when I came to know that some people are misbehaving with those who are being advised home quarantine. We need to be sensitive and understanding. Increase social distancing but reduce emotional distancing," PM Modi said.

During 'Mann Ki Baat', PM Modi also interacted with Ashok Kapoor of Agra who along with his entire family, which has six people, was tested positive for COVID-19 but all have now fully recovered. While interacting with PM Modi, Ashok Kapoor said, "Thankful to authorities and staff in Agra. I am equally grateful to hospital authorities in Delhi. The doctors were prompt."

The total number of positive coronavirus people in India so far, reached up to 979 on Sunday. Of this at least 867 are active coronavirus cases, 86 people have cured and discharged from hospitals while 25 people succumbed from the highly infectious COVID-19 disease. The data was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 10 a.m.

 



Govt inaugurates 24x7 National Teleconsultation Centre at Delhi AIIMS


Govt inaugurates 24x7 National Teleconsultation Centre at Delhi AIIMS

On Saturday, a 24x7 National Teleconsultation Centre was inaugurated at Delhi AIIMS by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. At the 24x7 National COVID-19 Teleconsultation Centre experts will share information and redress the queries of doctors from across the country on the respiratory disease.

Though the National Teleconsultation Centre, doctors in other hospitals and medical colleges will be provided clinical guidance on managing COVID-19 patients by experts through video conference, skype, whatsapp and other modes of communication.

 
 

The CoNTeC, an acronym for the COVID-19 Teleconsultation Centre, is fully integrated with the National Medical College Network to conduct a full-fledged video conference between the 50 medical colleges connected to it.

The CoNTeC would be manned by a mix of specialists to help in managing serious COVID-19 patients. A mobile number 9115444155 can be dialed from anywhere in the country to contact the centre which has six lines that can be simultaneously used.

This comes as the country is in a three-week lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which according to the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs has claimed 25 lives and infected at least 979 others as on Sunday.

 
 
 



Watch: 'King of Isolation' and former NASA astronaut Terry Virts share tips to cope with isolation amid coronavirus lockdown


Watch: 'King of Isolation' and former NASA astronaut Terry Virts share tips to cope with isolation amid coronavirus lockdown

When former NASA astronaut Terry Virts went into the space, living in isolation was a part of his occupation. Space travel that is quite confined doesnt really leave choice to those travelling in the space.


Well, now that most parts of the world are in complete lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak, most of us are locked in our homes and have self-isolated ourselves to avert any contact with the virus.

Quarantine and self-isolation can really get you at times and well, its needless to mention the panic among people around this topic. 'Empty vessels make more noise' and rightly so, the time you spend alone can really be tough as thoughts can really kill sometimes. And boredom is altogether a different issue we have been trying to battle. So how to cope up with isolation you'd ask?

Well, if you are done with watching TV shows or movies on Netflix/ Prime; here's the 'King of Isolation' and former NASA Astronaut Terry Virts sharing his tips on isolation amid such testing (no pun intended) times.

Terry spoke to India Today and recalling his difficult times into the space he said that "attitude is the key during such times." He said, "I could do nothing about it and decided to make the best of it."

Terry is a former NASA astronaut, International Space Station Commander and Colonel in the United States Air Force. He has spent 213 days 10 hours and 48 minutes in space.

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country effective from midnight to deal with the spread of coronavirus, allowing only essential services to work.

The total number of positive coronavirus people in India so far, reached up to 979 on Sunday.

The novel coronavirus cases have seen a surge in states and UTs like Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir apart from Maharashtra and Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Number of cases also arose in Telangana, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

The Health Ministry said that 15,24,266 passengers were screened at the airport.

Of this at least 867 are active coronavirus cases, 86 people have cured and discharged from hospitals while 25 people succumbed from the highly infectious COVID-19 disease.

The data was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 10 a.m.




Shocking: MP Police writes on migrant's forehead 'I violated lockdown orders, stay away from me'


Shocking: MP Police writes on migrant's forehead 'I violated lockdown orders, stay away from me'

A sea of migrant workers are on the move to their hometown after Prime Minster Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown. As if their woes weren’t enough, a video is doing the rounds on social media in which a Madhya Pradesh Police official can be seen writing on migrant's forehead to stay away from him as he violated lockdown orders.

The video which was shared by a journalist named Sandeep Singh, a Madhya Pradesh Police official can be seen writing 'I violated lockdown orders, stay away from me' on the migrant's forehead. The migrant was travelling from Uttar Pradesh to his home in Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh. While going back he was stopped by the police official. The woman police official, without asking any questions to the person, directly writes the inscription on his forehead.


Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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After the video went viral on social media, many took to Twitter to express their anger. One user said, "This is not done. Can they do the same to that IAS officer who went gallivanting around the country knowing he is suspect of COVID-19? When will we learn to treat poor with dignity?". While other user said, "Is this nazi Germany? Why are police officials numbering people forced to return from villages? NONE of these are public health measures & they won't help in anyway to contain the spread. This is evil."


Vidya

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Is this nazi Germany?

 Why are police officials numbering people forced to return from villages? NONE of these are public health measures & they won't help in anyway to contain the spread. This is evil. https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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Neha Joshi
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This is not done. Can they do the same to that IAS officer who went gallivanting around the country knowing he is suspect of COVID-19 ? When will we learn to treat poor with dignity? https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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Suffian صوفیان
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Cruelty at it's peak .. #inhumanity https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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Dipesh Regmi
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This is inhumane and disgusting. 
India has deep rooted problem with abuse of power. https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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It's a long night.
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Seriously? This is so disgusting. https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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Just Mariner (Aaadi) ????⚓????????
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Will the IAS from U.P, who ran from kerala to Kanpur also have similar treatment? #JustAsking https://twitter.com/SINGH_SANDEEP_/status/1243961236938616833 …

Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर'
@SINGH_SANDEEP_
उत्तर प्रदेश से #छतरपुर अपने घर वापस लौट रहे मजदूर के माथे पर #मध्यप्रदेश पुलिस ने लिख दिया लॉकडाउन का उलंघन किया मुझसे दूर रहना.... @ChouhanShivraj @OfficeOfKNath @DGP_MP

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The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus with a 21-day nationwide lockdown being imposed. The total confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 979, including 48 foreigners, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

There are 867 active cases of the disease as of Sunday, out of the total confirmed cases, while 87 persons have also been cured and discharged or migrated. The number of deaths due to the infection rose to 25.




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