Sonia Gandhi Writes To PM, Supports 21-Day Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Cross 600 In India


The lockdown that has taken buses off the road and trains off the track.

Two more people die due to coronavirus today, with Maharashtra confirming its fourth death in the outbreak and Kashmir its first. More than a billion people have locked themselves after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown to contain the pandemic in the country.

In Delhi, at least 800 people who came in contact with a coronavirus positive doctor in Delhi have been quarantined for 14 days, news agency ANI reported quoting Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. “A mohalla clinic doctor and four others have been tested positive after they came in contact with an infected woman who returned from Saudi Arabia. The doctor’s wife & daughter have also tested positive,” the minister told ANI.

The 21-day lockdown saw anxious people scrambling to nearby shops for essential supplies and services, prompting the government to urge citizens not to panic. E-commerce companies delivering essentials like groceries, medicines and food, however, alleged harassment from law enforcement officials and security guards, leading to severe inconvenience in times of an unprecedented crisis, online retailers have said, calling for an urgent intervention from the government.

Despite the lockdown that has taken buses off the road and trains off the track, many migrant labourers have started on their way home, willing to risk sealed borders and vigilant policemen, who are tasked with ensuring that people not leave their homes except for most pressing need.

In his televised address to the nation on Tuesday, PM Modi had said “21 days’ lockdown may seem to be a long time, but this is the only way to ensure everyone is safe”. Staying at home, he had repeatedly said, is now a matter of survival.

Here are the highlights on Coronavirus India Lockdown:

India lockdown: Toll tax collection temporarily stopped at National Highways

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has temporarily suspended the toll collection at all toll plazas on the national highways from Thursday.

The announcement was made by Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari late Wednesday evening.

India lockdown: Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, supports 21-day lockdown
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi; supports 21-day lockdown, seeks measures to protect doctors, paramedics and ease supply chain.

Coronavirus India lockdown: Case against Congress MLA in Puducherry for alleged violation of lockdown

A ruling Congress legislator in Puducherry has been booked for allegedly violating lokcdown rules and distributing dole to people at a village here, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said on Thursday.

In a WhatsApp message to mediapersons, she said a FIR had been registered against Congress MLA A John Kumar and more than 200 people for allegedly distributing doles to people outside his house in the neighbouring Nellithope on Wednesday.

Coronavirus Outbreak: 3 Abroad Returnees First To Be Infected With Coronavirus In Goa
Three people with a history of travel to Spain, Australia and US have tested positive for coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said early on Thursday. These are the first coronavirus cases in the popular holiday destination.

“I have been informed by the state Directorate of Health Services that three individuals have been tested positive for #COVID-19 in Goa. We are providing the best healthcare facility to the diagnosed patients,” Mr Sawant tweeted.

“Their condition is stable at present. We have also traced their contacts and we are quarantining them,” Mr Sawant said.

They were quarantined at the isolation ward at the Goa Medical College in Panaji, have been now shifted to the Employee State Insurance hospital in South Goa district, which is the designated hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Coronavirus: 65-Year-Old First To Die Of Coronavirus In Kashmir
A 65-year-old man hailing from Hyderpora area of the city died today, becoming the first fatality in Jammu and Kashmir due to coronavirus.

“As we share the sad news of our first #Covid19 fatality, my heart goes out to the family of the deceased. We stand with you and share your grief,” Mayor of Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu tweeted.

Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal also confirmed the death via Twitter.

“First death due to Coronavirus- 65 years old Male from Hyderpora Srinagar.  Four of his contacts also tested positive yesterday,” Mr Kansal said.

Four people had tested positive for coronavirus in Jammu and Kasmir on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases to 11.

Authorities in Kashmir have expressed apprehensions that the cases could be more than reported in the valley as a significant number of people appeared to have concealed their travel history.  

Coronavirus: 2 Positive Coronavirus Cases In Maharashtra, Total Numbers Become 124
Two new positive cases of Coronavirus in Mumbai and Than; till now, the total number of positive cases in the state is 124, Maharashtra health department said. (ANI)

Coronavirus Outbreak: Bengal’s Transport Shut Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Buses, trams, and metros in West Bengal’s Kolkata have stopped plying as the city remains under lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus. Total number of positive cases in the state now stand at ten.

Coronavirus Outbreak: In UP, People Practice Social Distancing By Standing At A Distance Near Stall

People at a Mother Dairy booth in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida Sector 19 stand at a distance from each other as they practice social distancing.

Despite the lockdown that has taken buses off the road and trains off the track, many migrant labourers have started on their way home, willing to risk sealed borders and vigilant policemen, who are tasked with ensuring that people not leave their homes except for most pressing need.

In his televised address to the nation on Tuesday, PM Modi had said “21 days’ lockdown may seem to be a long time, but this is the only way to ensure everyone is safe”. Staying at home, he had repeatedly said, is now a matter of survival.

The 21-day lockdown saw anxious people scrambling to nearby shops for essential supplies and services, prompting the government to urge citizens not to panic. E-commerce companies delivering essentials like groceries, medicines and food, however, alleged harassment from law enforcement officials and security guards, leading to severe inconvenience in times of an unprecedented crisis, online retailers have said, calling for an urgent intervention from the government.

More than a billion people locked themselves on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left 10 dead in the country. The world’s largest shutdown was however yet to have an effect as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India went up to 606.



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