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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:


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.

21-day coronavirus lockdown to not be extended: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba 'surprised' at reports suggesting the same

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday admitted that he was 'surpirsed' at reports suggesting that the central government had planned on extending the 21-day lockdown period, saying that there were no such plans to do the same.


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India on Monday recorded 1,000 COVID-19 positive cases, and the number is likely to increase this week, given the exponential way the coronavirus infection has spread globally.

Last week, Gauba had asked state chief secretaries and administrators of the Union Territories to extensively carry out contact tracing as more than 15 lakh international passengers have landed in India since January 18.

Gauba had 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.

He said, "We initiated screening of international incoming passengers at the airports with effect from 18th January 2020. I have been informed that upto 23rd March 2020, cumulatively, Bureau of immigration has shared details of more than 15 lakh incoming international passengers with the States/UTs for monitoring for COVID-19. However, there appears to be a gap between the number of International passengers who need to be monitored by the States /UTs and ihe actual number of passengers being monitored."

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown as part of India's plan to battle coronavirus.

The centre has meanwhile allocated Rs 15,000 crore for medical facilities. “This will be used to increase isolation wards, ICU beds, medical beds, and medical and paramedical manpower,” the PM said, adding that states have been working hard, along with the private sector to focus on the healthcare sector.

In his speech, PM Modi added, “I’ve once again to talk to you about the pandemic that is coronavirus. On March 22, we had taken the pledge of Janta curfew, which we as a nation fulfilled with the responsible contribution of each Indian.”

From medical emergency management to economic and welfare meares: PM Modi sets up 11 high-level panel to fight coronavirus

The government on Sunday set up 11 high-level panel to deal with the issues and formulate comprehensive responses and strategies to help fight coronavirus battle.

This panel has been formed by invoking powers under the Disaster Management Act,2005.

Their role will be to identify problems and provide solutions, formulate plans and strategies and implemennt policies.

The Ependiture department has issued a notification that will help these groups to make and implement policies.

Senior representatives from the PMO and Cabinet Secretariat have been appointed to each group of officers to ensure coordination between the departments.

Out of the 11 groups, nine are headed by secretary level officers and two by NITI Aayog.

Here are the groups formed by the government;

Medical Emergency management- Headed by Dr V Paul, Member , NITI Ayog

Availability of all medical equipment- Headed by PD Vaghela, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals

Availability of hospital, isolation facilities, testing centers- Headed by CK Mishra, Environment Secretary

HR and Capacity Building- Headed by Arun Panda, Secretary, MSME

Coordination with private sector, and NGOs- Headed by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Ayog

Supply Chain and logistics management, food and medicine- Headed by Parmeshwaran Iyer, Secretary, Department of Water Resources

Economic and Welfare Measures- Headed by Atanu Chakrtaborty, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs

Public Awareness and Communication- Headed by Ravi Mittal, Information and Broadcasting Secretary

Public grievances and suggestions- Headed by Amit Khare, Secretary, HRD

Strategic issues of lockdown- Headed by AK Bhalla, Secretary, Home

Technology and data management- Headed by Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MEITY


Great news: ICMR gives guidelines for 17 new kits to detect COVID-19

On Saturday, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued guidelines for use of commercial kits for nasal and throat swab based diagnosis of COVID-19 in India.

According to ICMR, Currently, RT-PCR probes for diagnosis of COVID-19 are procured from USA by ICMR-NIV and are distributed to the testing laboratories across the country. ICMR also said that it welcomes use of commercial kits for diagnosis of COVID-19.

In a statement ICMR said, "US FDA EUA/CE IVD approved kits can be used directly after due approval from DCGI and intimation to ICMR." The ICMR has also established a fast-track mechanism for validation of non US FDA EUA/CE IVD approved kits at ICMR NIV. Test kits with 100% concordance among true positive and true negative samples will be approved for commercial use in India.

ICMR also said that it has completed evaluation of 17 kits. The ICMR also released the results of the validation of these 17 kits.

The results of the validation are summarized in the following table:


The number of coronavirus cases across the world rose to 640,589 as on Saturday evening, with the US leading with 115,547 cases, while the global death toll rose to 30,249 according to data from the Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Centre.

Italy, with 10,023 fatalities, comprised over one third of the death toll, and was followed by Spain with 5,812 and China's Hubei with 3,177. Iran with 2,517 deaths, and France with 2,314 were joined in the four-figure category by the UK, where the toll is now 1,019. As regards the total number of cases, the US was followed by Italy (92,472), China (81,999), Spain (72,248), Germany (56,202), Iran (35,408), France (33,450) and the UK (17,301).


Coronavirus outbreak: Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to heart attacks in patients, says US doctors

As coronavirus cases across the world rose to 640,589 as on Saturday evening, reports have now surfaced saying that COVID-19 symptoms are similar to heart attacks in patients.

According to a report by New York Times, a 64-year-old patient who was admitted to a hospital in Brooklyn with symptoms looking like those seen in patients having a serious heart attack. An electrocardiogram revealed an ominous heart rhythm. Doctors rushed to open the patient’s blocked arteries — but found that no arteries were blocked. The patient was not having a heart attack. The culprit was the coronavirus.

The 64-year-old Brooklyn patient recovered after 12 days in the hospital and is now at home. But there have been reports of similar patients in the United States.

Chief science and quality officer at the American College of Cardiology, John Rumsfeld told New York Times, “We were thinking lungs, lungs, lungs — with us in a supportive role. Then all of a sudden we began to hear about potential direct impact on the heart.”


Experts have known that viral illnesses such as COVID-19 can cause respiratory infections that may lead to lung damage and even death in severe cases. Less is known about the effects on the cardiovascular system.

The number of coronavirus cases across the world rose to 640,589 as on Saturday evening, with the US leading with 115,547 cases, while the global death toll rose to 30,249 according to data from the Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Centre.

Italy, with 10,023 fatalities, comprised over one third of the death toll, and was followed by Spain with 5,812 and China's Hubei with 3,177. Iran with 2,517 deaths, and France with 2,314 were joined in the four-figure category by the UK, where the toll is now 1,019. As regards the total number of cases, the US was followed by Italy (92,472), China (81,999), Spain (72,248), Germany (56,202), Iran (35,408), France (33,450) and the UK (17,301).


FIR filed against AAP MLA Raghav Chadha for tweet claiming Yogi Adityanath 'beat migrants'

On Sunday, an FIR was filed against AAP MLA Raghav Chadha for making objectionable comments against UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

ANI News reported that the FIR had been filed against Raghav Chadha for his comments against Yogi Adityanath.

Chadha had tweeted that: “According to sources, Yogiji is getting migrants going from Delhi to UP beaten up. He is saying why did you go to Delhi and you will not be allowed to go to Delhi again. My appeal to UP government is not to do this and not to increase problems in this difficult hour.”

FIR filed against AAP MLA Raghav Chadha for tweet claiming Yogi Adityanath 'beat migrants' 

This led Yogi Adityanath’s media advisor Mrityunjay Kumar to slam the ‘fake news’ and promise that UP government would take action. Raghav Chadha subsequently deleted the fake tweet.


Noida: FIR registered against Aam Aadmi Party MLA Raghav Chadha for allegedly making objectionable comments against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The complaint was filed by advocate Prashant Patel. (file pics)

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A case was filed by lawyer Prashant Patel in Gautam Budh Nagar.

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FIR is registered against AAP MLA Raghav Chadha on my complaint, for creating enmity, hatred & ill-will & for defaming CM @myogiadityanath Ji, u/s 500, 505(2) IPC & section 66 IT Act in Noida.

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Incidentally, Prashant Patel was the same lawyer who filed a case against the AAP govt who sought the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding ‘Office of Profit’.

He had said in Jan 2018: “I am very happy that my struggle has paid off. When the appointments were made in March, I felt that something was not right. I read up on the issue and also checked its constitutional validity. After much research, I found the move was unconstitutional and filed a petition with the Presidents’ secretariat.”

In the past, he has filed complaints against Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani for their film PK, filed an intervention in SC against Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail and filed a complaint against former CBFC chief Leela Samson.

A slugfest ensued between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the issue of movement of migrant workers from Delhi to its borders with Uttar Pradesh.

The slugfest came even as the political parties have over the past few weeks sought to present a united face in combating the challenge posed by COVID-19.

Migrant workers reached Anand Vihar bus terminal in large numbers on Saturday evening and the mandated social distancing norms were not being observed. They have also been going to Ghazipur border.

Political fissures erupted as Delhi party unit chief Manoj Tiwari asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to take steps that migrant workers return to their houses. AAP leader Raghav Chadha targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a tweet.

BJP General Secretary (Organisation) BL Santhosh took a veiled dig at AAP government and asked if something was amiss and if somebody was playing mischief.

"Tamilnadu border is only 36 kms from Bengaluru .. Andhra is less than 100 kms from Chennai. No migrant labourers exodus. Why only from Delhi ..? Something amiss here. Is somebody playing mischief ..? The very purpose of #LockDown is getting defeated. IndiaFightsCorona," he said in tweet.

Tiwari said Delhi government had ferried the people to the border.

"Arvind Kejriwal, You have ferried them in DTC buses till the border. Please ensure that every family is given ration for 15 days and are sent back to their places within the city in buses. Otherwise, it will become a big problem," he said.

Chadha alleged that migrant workers were being beaten up in Uttar Pradesh.

"According to sources, Yogiji is getting migrants going from Delhi to UP beaten up. He is saying why did you go to Delhi and you will not be allowed to go to Delhi again. My appeal to UP government is not to do this and not to increase problems in this difficult hour," he said.

A 21-day lockdown was enforced in the country from Tuesday midnight to contain the spread of coronavirus. Migrant workers have been reaching Delhi's border to go their native places.

Watch: China's 'All is Well' mask slips as Hubei citizens clash with cops amid coronavirus lockdown

Incidents of violent clashes erupting in the Chinese mainland have been reported as people in huge crowds, jamming buses and trains, are trying the leave the central province of Hubei -- centre of the coronavirus outbreak -- days after Beijing relaxed the two-month lockdown.

Canadian media outlet, The Globe and Mail, citing several videos posted on Chinese social media, reported on Friday that similar clashes took place on a bridge that links the Hubei province with the neighboring Jiangxi province.

The online videos also showed police vehicles being overturned and police scuffled with each other amid large crowds of people shouting for opening the blockade.

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#China CCP Party Secretary of Huangmei County, Hubei Province, Ma Yanzhou arrived at the protest scene in an attempt to calm the angry crowd.

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The confrontation came after a line of uniformed officers behind riot shields, positioned across the bridge and blocked entry to people from Hubei into Jiangxi, local media reported.

The clashes took place between 3 pm and 6 pm, a worker at a toll booth on the bridge told The Globe and Mail in an interview on Friday evening.

"It was on the middle of the bridge somewhere that the block was put in place," said Huang, a worker, without divulging further details to the foreign media.

On Friday evening, digital mapping apps showed the bridge closed from both sides, citing "construction".

In a brief commentary published on its Twitter-like Weibo account, the state-owned People's Daily called the bridge conflict "regrettable".

According to official government policy, those who live outside Wuhan and are considered healthy have been allowed to resume travels since Wednesday. Authorities re-opened railways and long-distance bus service, and completely remove all highway roadblocks by Friday.

The Hubei province has reported only a single new case of the deadly infection in the past week. The province counts nearly 68,000 confirmed cases and says 3,174 people have died from COVID-19 since the outbreak began late last year.

On Friday, authorities downgraded the virus risk classification of Wuhan from "high risk" to "medium risk." The tight lockdown measures in the city are scheduled to ease on April 8.

However, health officials have acknowledged that their tally of confirmed cases does not include people who have the virus but those who have not shown the symptoms. Those asymptomatic cases are believed to number in the tens of thousands, the report said.

More than 81,000 people have been infected by coronavirus in the mainland while over 3,000 succumbed to the infection, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

'Look after your loved ones': Cristiano Ronaldo shares family picture amid mother's recovery from stroke

Earlier this month, Cristiano Ronaldo's mother Maria Dolores suffered from stroke and was taken to the Dr. Ne'lio Mendonca hospital in the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Now, his mother is back from the hospital and is recovering at home. Ronaldo shared a family picture on Instagram with a caption which read: "Feeling very thankful to have my mum home from hospital and recovering. Look after your families and loved ones."

Earlier, Ronaldo reportedly agreed to a 3.8 million euro wage cut under Juventus following the global pandemic coronavirus crisis which has claimed over 10,000 lives in Italy.

The coronavirus has caused the suspension or cancellation of all sporting events including Italy's football league -- Serie A.

Italy surpassed China in the number of deaths caused by coronavirus making it the epicentre of the virus with over 10,000 casualties.

However, the United States has the highest number of cases with 1,24,464 followed by Italy (92,472).