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Step up testing those who attended Tablighi Jamaat meet and have arrived in Mumbai, Pune, rest of Maha: PM Modi tells Uddhav


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called up Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and urged him to step up tracing, testing and treating those arrived in Mumbai and rest of state after attending Tablighi Jamaat meet to avoid Coronavirus spread and transmission.

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope has directed the department personnel to find out who have returned to the state after attending the Tablighi Jamaat function in Delhi.

The number of cases as at 10 am on Tuesday was 230, which increased by 82 to 302. This rise took place in the last four days, confirmed the state public health department.

Of the 82 confirmed cases, 59 are from Mumbai, 13 from Mumbai Metropolitan Region, 3 in Ahmednagar and two in Buldana. Tope said he has directed the department authorities and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to trace people, as it should be done on a massive scale.

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.

 
 
 



From New Delhi to Andaman and Nicobar: Where exactly are all the Tablighi Jamaat members?


The Centre and State governments are on high alert after news broke out that a mass gathering at an event conducted by religious organisation Tablighi Jamaat at New Delhi's Nizamuddin had resulted in several people contacting the novel coronavirus, COVID-19

Here's a state-wise details of people who attended Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin between March 1 and March 15: 501 were from Tamil Nadu, 216 from Assam, 156 from Uttar Pradesh, 109 from Maharashtra, 107 from Madhya Pradesh, 86 from Bihar, 73 from West Bengal, 55 from Hyderabad, 46 from Ranchi. At the same time, in other places, 21 people from Andaman, 22 from Haryana, 15 from Himachal Pradesh, 45 from Karnataka, 15 from Kerala, 5 from Meghalaya, 15 from Odisha, 9 from Punjab, 19 from Rajasthan and 34 from Uttarakhand Tabligi had registered their presence in the Jamaat assembly. Apart from all this, 281 foreign guests had also attended and the total number was around 1830.

Maharashtra: Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope has directed the department personnel to find out who have returned to the state after attending the Tablighi Jamaat function in Delhi.

The number of cases as at 10 am on Tuesday was 230, which increased by 82 to 302. This rise took place in the last four days, confirmed the state public health department.

Of the 82 confirmed cases, 59 are from Mumbai, 13 from Mumbai Metropolitan Region, 3 in Ahmednagar and two in Buldana. Tope said he has directed the department authorities and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to trace people, as it should be done on a massive scale.

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.

 

Rajasthan: Members of the Tablighi Jamaat who have a travel and stay history at Nizamuddin have been traced in Churu and Jodhpur districts. Total 17 persons have been traced and quarantined in Churu. Their samples have been taken and reports are expected by tomorrow. 28 persons have been traced in Jodhpur and put under isolation. As per informed sources there are over 60 members of the Tablighi Jamat who have travelled to Rajasthan from Nizamuddin in Delhi.

In Churu the members of the Jamaat have been traced in two cities; Churu and Sardarshahar where they were staying in mosques. Of the 9 persons who have been traced in Churu, 2 belong to Nuh in Haryana and 7 are from Firozabad. They had been in Nizamuddin and travelled by train from Sarai Rohilla on the night of March 17 and reached Churu on early morning of March 18. They had been staying at Markaj Masjid in Churu.

Anadaman & Nicobar: Nine out of 10 people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Island had attended teh Tablighi Jamaat event at Markaz, Nizamuddin in Delhi between March 1 and March 15, news agency ANI reported. The designated laboratory for #COVID19 in Andaman & Nicobar,RMRC-ICMR, Dollygunj has tested 33 suspected cases on March 29, out of which only 1 was found positive. The total number of cases found positive is 10 out of 99 samples tested till date.

Tamil Nadu: On Tuesday, Tamil Nadu saw 57 new COVID-19 cases, the highest spike in a single day so far. Of thse, 50 of them had travelled to Delhi to attend the religious congregation.

Uttar Pradesh: The UP government on Tuesday claimed that 157 people from the state, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat gathering at Nizamuddin had been traced. Their samples had been sent, but so far all of them tested negative, officials said.

New Delhi: After Delhi witnessed 87 coronavirus cases, Nizamuddin emerged as a hotspot after a religious meeting was held at Markaz by the Tableeghi Jamaat earlier this month, violated the lockdown conditions and several COVID-19 positive cases have been found among those who attended the gathering. Of the 87 cases, 24 people had attended the Nizamuddin event.

Assam: On Tuesday, the Assam government announced that it had names of 456 people who had attended the event at Nizamuddin, and a search was on to trace them all.

Manipur: The Manipur government on Tuesday said that it had received a list of names and phone numbers from the Centre of 14 people, who have been traced. Of them, three have been taken for testing and the remaining 11 will be screened, the government added.

Gujarat: In Surat alone, as many as 76 people had attended the gathering, according to the police. While a probe has been ordered to identify all the attendees, primary investigations so far had revealed that some persons from Bhavnagar, too, had visited the congregation.

Uttarakhand: The state administration has directed district magistrates and chief medical officers across the state have been asked to identify those who attended the event. They have also been asked to speak to prominent people of the Tablighi to convince members of their community so that they come forward on their own to confirm that they had attended the congregation.

West Bengal: The West Bengal government is tracing 73 several people who had attended the event. The state government has claimed that all of them have been identified and immediately put under quarantine.

Telangana: It was through the Telangana administration's tweet that the news of the gathering sent shockwaves late Monday. Six people from Telangana who attended a religious congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin between March 13 and 15 died due to novel coronavirus.

Karnataka: According to reports, 300 from Karnataka attended the Nizamuddin Jamat event of which 260 are untraceable. The state has ordered all districts to trace these missing individuals. This information was shared by senior journalist Nagarjun Dwarakanath.


Nagarjun Dwarakanath

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300 from Karnataka attended the Nizamuddin Jamat event of which 260 are untraceable. #COVID19outbreak

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India, Thailand and Germany threaten jail time for April Fool’s Day jokes on coronavirus


April Fool's Day is celebrated on the first of the month, but this year it’s different. In order to tackle rumours on coronavirus, India, Thailand and Germany have warned against spreading COVID-19 related misinformation on April Fool's Day.

On April Fool's Day usually people play tricks with other people and prank others for fun. But now countries have threatened jail time for those to spread rumours which could put lives at risk.

On Tuesday, in India, Maharashtra state's cyber security unit said it would take legal action against anyone spreading fake news on April Fools' Day.

Taking to Twitter, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh wrote, "Tomorrow's April 1st. The annual tradition making an 'April Fool' of people has already begun on WhatsApp & social media. The state govt won't allow anyone to spread rumours/panic on Corona. I've instructed Maharashtra cyber security unit to act swiftly & strongly such miscreants."


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कल अप्रैल १ है। आमतौर पर हम सब  एप्रिल फूल में लोगों के साथ मज़ाक का लुत्फ लेते हैं। पर कोरोनावायरस के संकट के समय ऐसा करना सर्वथा अनुचित है। मैं सब से अनुरोध करता हूं कि ऐसा न करें। वरना पुलिस और सायबर सेल द्वारा कड़ी कार्रवाई की जाएगी।#WarOnCorona

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ANIL DESHMUKH

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Tomorrow's April 1st. The annual tradition making an 'April Fool' of people has already begun on WhatsApp & social media. The state govt won't allow anyone to spread rumours/panic on #Corona. I've instructed @MahaCyber1  to act swiftly & strongly such miscreants.#NoCoronaRumour

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Meanwhile, Thailand government took to Twitter and said that April Fool's Day jokes about the virus could be punished under a law carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison. The Thai government tweeted saying, "It's against the law to fake having COVID-19 this April Fools' Day."


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DON’T lie, spread false info about Covid-19 situation, infections tomorrow, April Fool's Day #COVID19 #Thailandnews https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385146?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=internal_referral …


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The Office of the Attorney General deputy spokesman Kosonlavat Intujunyong warned that those lying or spreading false information about Covid-19 infections on April Fool’s Day tomorrow (April 1) amid...

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According to Reuters, Germany’s health ministry also warned against such activity under the heading “Corona is no joke.” Even a British PR agency, Taylor Herring, whose clients include TV channels and international brands has advised all companies to ditch the jokes this year, reported thejakartapost.com.

There are 754,948 people worldwide who have been infected with the coronavirus, announced the World Health Organization adding that 36,571 have died from it so far. The virus has spread to more than 200 countries and territories since it emerged in China in late December, according to the latest figures published on the WHO website.




Media house cannot publish COVID-19 news without cross-checking facts with us: Centre requests SC


The Centre has requested the Supreme Court to issue a directive that no media house will publish any coronavirus-related news unless it cross-checks details with the government, Live Law reported on Tuesday.

The request was made by the Centre in response to public interest litigations seeking directions for welfare of migrant workers, and measures to control the pandemic transmission.

 
 

On Sunday, the Centre directed the states to strictly follow the nationwide lockdown norms and stop the influx across the cities.

Not content with mere advisories, which the states are often known to disregard, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, through video conferencing on Sunday morning, instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs, state Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police, to "seal" the district and state borders.

 
 

The Centre further wants the migrants to stay put where they are and has advised the states to arrange shelter, food and other facilities for them at their workplace.

Last week, Gauba admitted that there was a gap between the number of international passengers who need to be monitored by the States /UTs and the actual number of passengers being monitored.

Gauba further added that this may seriously jeopardise India's efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus

 
 
 



Nizamuddin mosque: Home Ministry steps up effort to trace people who returned from Tablighi Jamaat function


Mumbai: Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope has directed the department personnel to find out who have returned to the state after attending the Tablighi Jamaat function in Delhi.

The number of cases as at 10 am on Tuesday was 230, which increased by 82 to 302. This rise took place in the last four days, confirmed the state public health department.

Of the 82 confirmed cases, 59 are from Mumbai, 13 from Mumbai Metropolitan Region, five in Pune, 3 in Ahmednagar and two in Buldana. Tope said he has directed the department authorities and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to trace people, as it should be done on a massive scale.

"I have also asked to trace how many people have returned to Mumbai after attending the Tablighi Jamaat function in Delhi. The strategy is tracing, testing and treatment to curb community level transmission.

 
 

This will be helpful to stop the state from entering the third phase of the coronavirus pandemic,’’ he noted. Tope’s directives are important, as the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area has developed into one of the biggest hot spots in India.

On Tuesday, the area was sealed and 800 people moving out in buses were quarantined in different parts of the city, as several more positive cases with links to the gathering held here in mid-March emerged.

In Delhi, 24 people, out of the 102 tested for the virus after being taken to Lok Nayak Hospital, were found positive so far, while reports of nearly another 200 taken to two other hospitals is still awaited.

Another 11, who had attended the gathering of Tabligh-e-Jamaat, were found infected in Andhra Pradesh, the state government said on Tuesday. One patient was a close contact of a person who had attended the meet.

 
 
 



COVID-19 in Maharashtra: Uddhav and legislators take 60% pay cut amid coronavirus lockdown


In the wake of coronavirus outbreak in India, Maharashtra government has announced a 60% cut in the salaries of CM Uddhav Thackeray and other legislators, said Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Additionally, it has also been announced that the state government employees will 50%-75% salary for the month of March.


Sanjay Jog
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BREAKING NEWS:  Big decision 60% cut in salary of CM, ministers and legislators while state govt employees will get 50 to 75 per cent salary in Maharahtra for March due to Coronavirus Coronavirus criris, announced DCM Ajit Pawar@fpjindia@CMOMaharashtra @AjitPawarSpeaks

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What Nizamuddin mosque organisers did was Jahalat: Twitter fumes after 6 people die of coronavirus in Telangana


There has been a lot of outrage over the deaths of six people from Telangana, whom the government says, participated in a religious congragation in New Delhi's Nizamuddin area.

Over 2,000 delegates, including those from Indonesia and Malaysia, had attended the congregation of Tablighe-Jamaat, a Muslim religious organisation, from March 1 to 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown on March 22.

According to residents, many people continued to stay at the Jamaat's 'Markaj' (Centre) even after the congregation had wound up.

A lot of people have questioned the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal for its inaction, although the latter has said stern 'action' will be taken against those people who organised the gathering.


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Delhi govt says, it will take strong action against those in charge of religious gathering at Markaz in #Nizamuddin.

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Kejriwal has ordered the registration of a FIR against a maulana who had led the congregation; the government will also launch a house-to-house mapping exercise in two nearby colonies to check for coronavirus cases. The Delhi Police, CRPF officials and medical teams went to the locality late on Sunday night after reports surfaced that many people were showing symptoms of the disease.

Some people feel that the unplanned lockdown forced people to stay inside the mosque.


barkha dutt

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What I dont get is why this Tableegi Jamat mosque congregation was allowed at all when the Delhi government had already said by then that gatherings should be of no more than 50. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdMITMAuKaM …

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Bhaskar Chatterjee
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Just one factual correction: There was no lockdown when people gathered there. 

The Tablighi Jamaat congregation was organised between 1st Mar- 15th Mar.

There was no strict advisory by the govt too. In fact, there were few travel restrictions.

 #Coronavirusindia #Nizamuddin

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Akash Banerjee

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March 13th-15th - religious congregation in #Nizamuddin (enabling rapid spread of #CoronaVirus)
March 22nd - one day #JantaCurfew comes into force - people made to understand the grim situation
March 25th - unprecedented #Lockdown21 enforced
CLEARLY WE SHOULD HAVE MOVED EARLIER???? https://twitter.com/TelanganaCMO/status/1244684114000662528 …

Telangana CMO

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Six people from Telangana who attended a religious congregation at Markaz in Nizamuddin area of New Delhi from 13-15 March succumbed after they contracted #Coronavirus. Two died in Gandhi Hospital while one each died in Apollo Hospital, Global Hospital, Nizamabad and Gadwal

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Salman Nizami

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Unplanned lockdown forced poor people to stay in mosque, they had no money, food so they couldn't leave. #Nizamuddin committee had requested SHO to grant permission to evacuate stranded people. But they delayed. And now police is blaming them? I am shocked!

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However, this how most people on Twitter have reacted.


S lrfan Habib

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#TablighiJamat in Nizamuddin did something stupid and criminal in organising the Ijtima. Amazing that these Jamatis failed to get the message or deliberately ignored the crises going around the world.

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While most of them shared S Irfan Habib's sentiment, others wanted action taken against Kejriwal as well


Akhilesh Mishra

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If the #Nizamuddin group has infected people beyond the group who assembled under that roof, then direct culpability of this must be fixed on Kejriwal. 

At a time when every other CM is working 24X7, this vile man found time to shoot an ad and flood media with money to run it.

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Saba Naqvi

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shocking that in midst of crisis, the #TablighiJamat had religious gathering. As I said earlier, #Kaaba is closed, #Iran  suspended Friday prayers & congregations. To do what the organisers of the mosque in #Nizamuddin did is #Jahalat. It puts all in danger.

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At least 100 people were tested. The results are expected on Tuesday. Alarm bells started ringing after a man in his 60s, who had attended the congregation, succumbed to corona in Srinagar last week.

The congregation was attended by preachers from several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Dubai, Uzbekistan and Malaysia. About 600 Indians from different parts of the country also participated. The Indian members of the group left on trains and flights. Hotels in the area that had housed people from the congregation have been sealed.




Karnataka's Big Brother selfie app fails: Home-quarantined people unable to take pictures, upload images


The Karnataka government has taken a bizarre stand that everyone under home quarantine should send the authorities a selfie every one hour.

A circular that highlihts the same warns those who fail to send the selfie that they will be shifted to mass quarantine.

Karnataka's Big Brother selfie app fails: Home-quarantined people unable to take pictures, upload images
"If home quarantine person fails to send the selfie every 1 hour (except sleeping time from 10 pm to 7 am) then the government team will reach such defaulters and they are likely to be shifted to a government-created mass quarantine," the circular reads.


ANI

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All persons under home quarantine shall send their selfie to government (on a mobile application) every 1 hour. Failing to do so, teams will reach such defaulters & they will be liable to be shifted to quarantine centers made by the government: Dr. K Sudhakar, Karnataka Minister

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The Karnataka government has also asked people to dowload an app called 'Quarantine Watch' that is available in the Play Store, but not in the Apple Store, which puts iPhone users in a bit of a predicament.

Furthermore, the 17 reviews in the Play Store are not favourable for the app, which is probably in its early stages, with most users saying that they are unable to upload photographs to show that they are under quarantine.




Latest coronavirus update: Six fatalities, they were infected at a dargah meet in Delhi's Nizamuddin


HYDERABAD/NEW DELHI: The Telangana government has revealed that six people who participated in a religious congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area and had tested positive for coronavirus have died. Over 2,000 delegates, including those from Indonesia and Malaysia, had attended the congregation of Tablighe-Jamaat, a Muslim religious organisation, from March 1 to 15.

According to residents, many people continued to stay at the Jamaat's 'Markaj' (Centre) even after the congregation had wound up.

The six persons had also attended the congregation, where they are believed to have contracted coronavirus. Of the six, two died at Gandhi Hospital and one each at the Apollo Hospital and Global Hospital in Hyderabad. Two others died in the Nizamabad and Gadwal districts, respectively.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered the registration of a FIR against a maulana who had led the congregation; the government will also launch a house-to-house mapping exercise in two nearby colonies to check for coronavirus cases. The Delhi Police, CRPF officials and medical teams went to the locality late on Sunday night after reports surfaced that many people were showing symptoms of the disease.

At least 100 people were tested. The results are expected on Tuesday. Alarm bells started ringing after a man in his 60s, who had attended the congregation, succumbed to corona in Srinagar last week.

The congregation was attended by preachers from several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Dubai, Uzbekistan and Malaysia. About 600 Indians from different parts of the country also participated. The Indian members of the group left on trains and flights. Hotels in the area that had housed people from the congregation have been sealed.

 
 
 



Coronavirus in Mumbai: BMC seals 2 Worli pockets, declares them as contaminated zone after four tested positive


Mumbai: The BMC late on Sunday night sealed the Koliwada and Janata Colony areas in Worli and declared them a ‘contaminated zone’ after four residents tested positive for coronavirus.

The news of the four cases surfacing in the two neighbouring localities has rattled the residents of upmarket Worli. Koliwada -- home to a vast fishing community -- and Janata Colony are congested localities, where residents live cheek by jowl and the threat of contamination gets exacerbated.

Policemen deployed in the area have been using a public address system to make announcements and allay concerns, besides informing residents about the BMC’s disinfection and fumigation operations.

According to the civic body, what is of serious concern is that none of the four victims has any foreign travel history, nor do they have any known contact with a Covid-19 positive person. Officials confirmed that all four victims are above 50 years of age.

 
 

“One of those infected used to work as a cook at a PSU in Trombay. So, we are asking them to get their staff tested and screened,” Sharad Ughade, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of G (South) ward, told The Free Press Journal.

He added, "The three others work in the same area and don’t travel much. All four are clueless about where they contracted the virus from, as they do not recall meeting or getting in touch with anybody who has returned from any affected foreign country or with anyone suffering from the disease."

The colony is densely packed with ground-plus-one or two-storey buildings, where most residents use community or public toilets. Most of these residents are fisherfolk who live and work here.

Meanwhile, in R (North) ward, a building in Shailendra Nagar and a housing society in Ambewadi, both in Dahisar, were sealed on Monday, after two residents tested positive in the former and one in the latter. None of the three has any travel history to affected countries or contact with a coronavirus infected person, BMC officials said.

"We are trying to trace the close contacts of all three patients. In the case of the Shailendra Nagar building, one of the victims had a fractured hand and had visited a local hospital for dressing. It is likely that he might have contracted the virus from there. We are still ascertaining the same," said Sandhya Nandedkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of R (North) ward.

The BMC is now concerned about those who are not taking the lockdown and social distancing seriously. “We will make the lockdown more stringent. Despite reminders and appeals, people are not adhering to social distancing norms and are still coming out of their houses. We are already carrying out disinfection and fumigation operations in the Koliwada and Janata colony and have resorted to heavy police bandobast to ensure people stay within their houses. If people won't abide by the lockdown, the virus will spread and find more hosts,” added Ughade.

 
 
 




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