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GoM chaired by Defence Minister Singh deliberates on measures being implemented in wake of 21-day lockdown (Photo: PTI)
GoM chaired by Defence Minister Singh deliberates on measures being implemented in wake of 21-day lockdown (Photo: PTI)

PMO sets up 11 high-level panels to mitigate coronavirus worries

  • Out of the 11 panels, nine are headed by secretary-level officers, one by member NITI Aayog and one by chief executive officer of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant
  • Each group has a senior representative from the PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat to ensure seamless coordination

Left without staples and their salaries, the informal workforce is at its wits’ end (Photo: PTI)
Left without staples and their salaries, the informal workforce is at its wits’ end (Photo: PTI)

Coronavirus: Hungry Bharat tries to limp back home as options in cities dry up

  • India braces for a bigger crisis as thousands of workers exit cities and march back to their villages and the number of Covid-19 cases soar above 1,000
  • Despite state governments offering some relief measures, many non-local workers opted to return to their villages

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Manju Verma (left), 39, Naraini block, Banda, UP , ASHA worker
A patient is given a COVID-19 test by a medical worker outside Brooklyn Hospital Center (AP)
People wearing protective facemasks queue outside Sainsbury's supermarket in Streatham, as the spread of the coronavirus continues, London (Photo: Reuters)
People wearing protective facemasks queue outside Sainsbury's supermarket in Streatham, as the spread of the coronavirus continues, London (Photo: Reuters)

UK warned to expect months of virus measures as death toll crosses 1,200

  • Lockdown measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus could last for months in the UK, according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Jenny Harries
  • New figures on Sunday revealed that 1,228 people with coronavirus have now died in Britain, an increase of 209 in the previous 24 hours

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Migrant people wait for buses at Anand Vihar bus terminal to go back to their homes during countrywide lockdown amid Coronavirous pandemic, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Migrant people wait for buses at Anand Vihar bus terminal to go back to their homes during countrywide lockdown amid Coronavirous pandemic, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)

Lockdown: Bharat should prepare for influx of 13.4 mn returnees

  • As migrant workers trudge back home, rural India is ill-equipped to handle the situation
  • 13.4 million interstate workers in urban centres, says ex-chief statistician Pronab Sen

A supermarket employee delivers products as Italy tightens measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus, in Rome (Photo: Reuters)
A supermarket employee delivers products as Italy tightens measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus, in Rome (Photo: Reuters)

Italy's coronavirus deaths rise by 756, lifting total death toll to 10,779

  • However, Italy’s deaths fell for a second straight day, a sign that stern measures implemented over the past three weeks may be bearing fruit
  • Italy now has 97,689 total cases, second only to the US

The hope is banks will cut interest rates and make lending cheaper
The hope is banks will cut interest rates and make lending cheaper

NREGA workers, informal sector need more cover

  • Many businesses have shut due to the lockdown, so have small shops
  • The Centre has raised the wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) by 20 to 202 a day

Hundreds of migrant workers gathered to board the bus towards their villages, at the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal during a nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi on Saturday (Photo: ANI)
Hundreds of migrant workers gathered to board the bus towards their villages, at the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal during a nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi on Saturday (Photo: ANI)

MHA suspends key Delhi govt officers for 'lapses' in ensuring lockdown

  • MHA suspended with immediate effect Additional Chief Secretary of the Transport Department, and Principal Secretary, Finance and Divisional Commissioner (GNCTD)
  • 'These officers have failed to ensure public health and safety during the lockdown restrictions to combat COVID-19,' the ministry said

 The chief minister also stated tat a total of 25,937 people in the state (international arrivals) are currently under surveillance by the state and that they will be off observation starting 30 March in different batches (Photo: AP)
The chief minister also stated tat a total of 25,937 people in the state (international arrivals) are currently under surveillance by the state and that they will be off observation starting 30 March in different batches (Photo: AP)

Coronavirus: Migrant workers in Telangana to get 500 cash and 12 kg rice each

The announcement was made on a day when three more persons tested positive for the virus, taking the total number of those infected to 70

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Medics conduct a door-to-door thermal screening of residents, during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)
Medics conduct a door-to-door thermal screening of residents, during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)

Coronavirus: Health Ministry issues dos and dont's for elderly

  • 'Exercise and meditate. Take your daily prescribed medicines regularly. Postpone your elective surgeries,' says the ministry to the elderly on what they must be doing
  • The don'ts include avoiding going to the hospital for routine checkups, avoiding crowded places

A healthcare worker bags a finished test at a coronavirus testing site (Photo: Reuters)
Arvind Virmani, former chief economic adviser and former executive director at International Monetary Fund
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo: ANI)
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