States plan staggered lockdown exit strategy

lockdown-1New Delhi, Apr 07: At least 7 states have indicated that they are in no hurry to completely ease the lockdown even after April 14.

States like Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand indicated that some restrictions would be in place even after the 21 day lockdown ends.

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25,000 Tablighi workers, their contacts quarantined, India orders 5 lakh testing kits

tablighi-4New Delhi, Apr 06: At least 25,500 local workers of the Tablighi Jamaat and the people who came in contact with them have been quarantined, the Union Government has said.

Five Haryana villages where they visited have been sealed: Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs said.

During the daily briefing, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said that in the last 13 days, Indian Railways transported sugar through 1,340 wagons, salt through 958 wagons and edible oil through 316 wagons/tanks, to different parts of the country, amidst the lockdown.

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Thanks to Tablighi, COVID-19 doubling rate is 4.1 days and not 7.4

nizamuddin-2New Delhi, Apr 06: The States have started sending in their confirmations about the cases that have been booked against members of the Tablighi Jamaat, who have now been termed as the super spreaders of the coronavirus.

Despite repeated requests and advise, Maulana Saad remained adamant and went ahead with the congregation. His adamance not only put the lives of his followers to risk, but also ensured that the number of cases across the country spiked as the members passed on the virus to many others.

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UNSC set to hold closed door informal discussions on COVID-19 this week

unsc-1aNew Delhi, Apr 06: The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed door informal consultation on COVID-19 this week. This comes after 10 non-permanent members led by Dominican Republic forced the UN Secretary General to hold a discussion on the pandemic.

This development comes after China demitted the Presidency of the UN Security Council last week. It may be recalled that Estonia had attempted to have a discussion on the pandemic, but was blocked by China, Russia and South Africa. It was argued that this was not a peace and security issue and hence could not be part of the UNSC’s mandate.

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Unlocking India to take place in a phased manner: Zero COVID-19 districts to be opened first

lockdown-newNew Delhi, Apr 06: The unlocking of the lockdown would take place in a staggered manner, sources have said. Officials that OneIndia spoke with said that the lockdown would be eased in a phased manner.

Districts with no coronavirus cases would be first unlocked. There are several places in the country which have seen a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. The lockdown in these areas would continue for sometime more until the virus is brought under control, the source cited above said.

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Unlocking India post April 14: Govt plans two zones to curtail coronavirus outbreak

lcokdown1New Delhi, Apr 05: The Union Health Ministry is putting in place measures to ensure that the coronavirus does not spread further, following the nation wide lockdown coming to an end. Post the lockdown that ends on April 14, the focus would be on the hotspots. Ministry sources tell OneIndia that the focus would be largely on the hotspots and densely populated areas.

The government is taking a cue from the 2009 outbreak of H1NI, which had a bigger impact on well connected cities when compared to smaller towns and villages with lower population.

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Tablighi Jamaat members hid in 16 different Mosques in Delhi

nizamuddin1New Delhi, Apr 04: The security agencies had a Herculean task ahead of them to hunt down those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat convention in Delhi last month. At least 60 per cent of the coronavirus cases in the country are being attributed to the congregation.

The first big task was to evacuate the Jamaat headquarters, where there were around 2,300 people. It was at this time that the agencies learnt that several foreigners had gone missing and it was later found that most of them were staying in different Mosques across the city.

On Friday, TN reported 102 COVID-19 cases and 100 are linked to Tablighi Jamaat

nizamuddinNew Delhi, Apr 04: The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has doubled in the past three days and 25 per cent of them are related to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. Between March 31 and April 3, the number of positive cases jumped from 1,251 to 2,547.

Statistics reveal that out of the 478 new cases that were reported in the past 24 hours, at least 247 are traced to the gathering at the Markaz Nizamuddin, which was attended by over 4,000 people.

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Making your home-delivery coronavirus proof: Here is how

delivary-1New Delhi, Apr 03: There are several reports that suggest that coronavirus could spread in various kinds of ways. There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is transmitted through food.

This is because cooking kills the virus. However that is not the case with the food packaging. You would be ordering food online and the food packaging could become the carrier. There is still no evidence regarding this, but it would be better to be safe.

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Tablighi’s have not been super spreaders just in India, but in other parts of the world too

nizamuddin-2New Delhi, Apr 03: Names misspelt or written wrong in the registers. It has become a Herculean task for the agencies to track down the Tablighi Jamaat members, who attended the congregation at Nizamuddin last month.

Officials tracking the case say that the congregations by the Jamaat has created havoc not just in India, but in several other parts of the world as well.

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