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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.


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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.

 
 
 



Coronavirus outbreak: Govt issues health advisory for elderly population; complete list of dos and dont's


On Sunday, the government issued health advisory for the elderly population during coronavirus outbreak. The government has advised elderly people not to go for routine checkups to hospital.

"Globally, Covid-19 has impacted several lives and is steadily increasing its reach. While Indian Government has taken stringent actions to contain the spread of Covid-19, including nation-wide lockdown, it is also critical for to follow the protocols and take necessary measures and precautions to break the chain of transmission of the disease," says the government advisory.

The government advisory further said, "The elderly people are at a higher risk of Covid-19 infection due to their decreased immunity and body reserves, as well as multiple associated co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also, course of disease tends to be more severe in case of elderlies resulting in higher mortality."

India has recorded 1,024 cases of the novel coronavirus. "The total number of COVID-19 positive cases rise to 1024 in India including 901 active cases, 96 cured/discharged/migrated people and 27 deaths," Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

To reduce COVID-19 transmission among elderly population, here are some do's and dont's:

DOs:

1. Stay at home. Avoid meeting visitors at home. If the meeting is essential, maintain a distance of one meter.

2. Wash your hands and face at regular intervals with soap and water.

3. Sneeze and cough either into your elbow or into tissue paper/handkerchief. After coughing or sneezing dispose of the tissue paper/ wash your handkerchief.

4. Ensure proper nutrition through home-cooked fresh hot meals, hydrate frequently and take fresh juices to boost immunity.

5. Exercise and meditate.

6. Take your daily prescribed medicines regularly.

7. Talk to your family members (not staying with you), relatives, friends via call or video conferencing, take help from family members if needed

8. Postpone your elective surgeries (if any) like cataract surgery or total knee replacement

9. Clean the frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant regularly.

10. Monitor your health. If you develop fever, cough and/or breathing difficulty immediately contact the nearest health care facility and follow the medical advice rendered

DON’Ts -

1. Do not cough or sneeze into your bare hands or without covering your face.

2. Don’t go near your contacts if you are suffering from fever and cough.

3. Don’t touch your eyes, face, nose and tongue.

4. Don’t go near affected/ sick people.

5. Don’t self-medicate.

6. Don’t shake hands or hug your friends and near ones.

7. Do not go to the hospital for a routine checkup or follow up. As far as possible make teleconsultation with your healthcare provider. 8. Don’t go to crowded places like parks, markets and religious places.

9. Don’t go out unless it is absolutely essential.




Market Update: Sensex continues to fall; opens 1,000 points lower amid coronavirus outbreak


Equity benchmark Sensex plunged over 1,100 points in opening session on Monday tracking losses in global equities as unabated spike in COVID-19 cases across the world has hammered economic growth, sending the world into an economic recession.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the world is in the face of a devastating impact due to the coronavirus pandemic and has clearly entered a recession.

After hitting a low of 28,708.83, the 30-share BSE barometer was trading 855.82 points or 2.87 per cent lower at 28,959.77.

Similarly, the NSE Nifty fell 245.30 points, or 2.83 per cent, to 8,414.95.

Bajaj Finance was the top laggard in the Sensex pack, tanking up to 8 per cent, followed by M&M, Tata Steel, Bajaj Auto, ONGC, HDFC Bank and Kotak Bank. On the other hand, TCS, Tech Mahindra, HUL, Axis Bank and ITC were the top gainers.

In the previous session, the 30-share BSE barometer ended 131.18 points or 0.44 per cent lower at 29,815.59, while the broad-based Nifty closed 18.80 points, or 0.22 per cent, higher at 8,660.25.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) turned net buyers in the capital market, as they purchased equity shares worth Rs 355.78 crore on Friday, according to provisional exchange data.

According to traders, investors across the globe are jittery over the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the economic fallout of the worldwide lockdowns.

The IMF on Friday said it has reassessed the prospects for growth for 2020 and 2021.

"It is now clear that we have entered a recession as bad or worse than in 2009. We do project recovery in 2021," IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva stated.

Analysts said the stimulus package announced by the Indian government and RBI will have limited effect, until the actual impact of the contagion is known - both economically and with the number of infections.

On the global front, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were trading significantly lower.

Meanwhile, the Indian rupee depreciated 28 paise to 75.18 against the US dollar in morning trade.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 4.44 per cent to USD 26.71 per barrel.

The number of COVID-19 cases in India surged past 1,000 over the weekend, according to health ministry log.

Deaths around the world linked to the pandemic crossed 30,000 over the weekend.




Go(A) Corona: Amidst lockdown and hunger, Goans resort to social media to vent anger


As the CRPF personnel took positions in some of the sensitive areas in Goa, people took to Twitter and other social media platforms to vent their anger alleging the State Government for not been able to provide basic essentials as promised. With nationwide lockdown to fight against Corona virus, the State had adopted stringent measures with a promise of making basic essentials available to public at their doorstep.

But even after five days of lockdown the State seems to be far from putting their home delivery system in place. "We know that staying indoors is good for us and others too. But how many days can we stay like this when there is no sign of any basic essentials been provided by the State," says Prasad Karapurkar, resident of State's capital Panjim.

On the other hand, Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant has announced that strict action would be taken in case of any unwarranted closure or blockage of the essential goods supply chain, whether it is by manufacturers, transporters, wholesalers, retailers or any other persons. Strict action will also be taken against any person or organisation who obstruct/hinder the manufacturing, supply chain or availability of essential goods at reasonable rates.

It may be recalled that just two days ago, CM had issued 20 volunteer passes to each MLA asking them to create a task force for the disbursement of the essentials within their constituencies.Goa who sees highest number of foreign tourists on any given tourist season, has managed to keep the spread of virus under check till date with just 5 confirmed cases of virus. Besides sealing the borders and air route, the State had well in advance clamped down the sea route blocking the entry for cruise liners that allows international visitors in large number.

In the coming days, if the State fails to put the home delivery mechanism in place, it could lead to yet another bigger problem which none can afford at this crucial stage. "We are patiently waiting for the government to keep its promise. But there is a limit to one's patience specially if our children and elders are going to starve," says Ana Furtado.It maybe recalled that the Opposition had approached the Governor’s office seeking his intervention, while few had knocked at High Court's door.





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