Latest updates of Coronavirus Outbreak: In accordance with the directives of the central government and Delhi, Uber will likely suspend its services in the National Capital until March 31 to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
Speaking of his pooling services, an Uber spokesman said: “We are determined to help reduce the spread of coronavirus in the cities where we operate. With this in mind, we are discontinuing Uber’s pooling service across India. In line with government advice, we urge people to stay safe and discourage non-essential travel. “
However, Uber has not made official statements about the closure of services in Delhi. but for the record, it was said, “services suspended in Delhi at the moment”.
Another 15 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maharashtra since Sunday evening, bringing the state count to 89, according to the new agency ANI.
While Maharashtra has continued to lead the number of active cases, health minister Rajesh Tope has again called on people to refrain from leaving their homes as “isolation” is the key to fighting the COVID-19 virus.
The curfew will remain imposed in Pune, Maharashtra, until March 31st. All establishments, excluding emergency services and essential items, will remain closed during this period. Any offender will be punished under section 188 of the Indian Criminal Code, Pune police told ANI.
India reported three new deaths from Sunday’s coronavirus, including the first casualties arriving from Bihar and Gujarat, bringing the toll to seven. While the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 341 in the country, citizens, as requested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have observed a “Janata curfew” from 7:00 to 21:00, with most people they stayed at home as a precaution against viruses.
The Center also decided to close 75 districts in 22 states and territories of the Union, which reported COVID-19 cases and asked their respective governments to implement a strict blockade, allowing only essential services. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary of the Union’s ministry of health, clarified that essential services include “ration, food, milk, medical services, transportation of essential needs, among others”.
During a joint press conference with the Ministry of Health of the Union, the Director General of the Indian Council for Medical Research Balram Bhargava stressed that “isolation, isolation, isolation” is the only way to stop the march of infection. He said the country has the ability to perform 50,000 to 70,000 tests for coronavirus per week and that 16 to 17,000 tests have so far been conducted.
Bhargava added that up to 60 private laboratories have been registered to conduct COVID-19 tests.
Speaking to the media, Bhargava said: “Understanding the disorder is essential. Eighty percent of people will suffer from cold fever and recover. Some may have to be hospitalized.”
Concerning the restrictions imposed in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, Agarwal said: “All rail services, including subway and suburban services, interstate passenger transport is suspended until March 31st. These are efforts to break the drive chain. “
The joint secretary also claimed that the Center provided additional N95 masks and personal protective equipment to states according to their requirements. However, he noted that states were asked to procure equipment through a letter dated January 17.
Janata’s curfew has been observed nationwide
Meanwhile, citizens of all cities and states have observed “curfew” in “letter and spirit” as requested by the prime minister, while some have misunderstood the whole point and have taken it one step further. Modi had urged citizens to go out on their balconies and “applaud” to show appreciation for the health workers and doctors who are working to combat the pandemic that has made the whole world go round with dizziness. Italy and France have shown how, earlier this month. Modi’s main message during his speech to the nation earlier this week was “social distance” and “self-isolation”.
Visual elements widely shared on social media and news agencies, however, showed that while some stayed in their homes and applauded and pounded tools, many others considered it a community activity. Several people from across the country ignored the prime minister’s appeal to stay home and participated in large processions in the evening.
A Twitter user has posted several videos of “celebrations” in different cities. In Jaipur is Mysurucrowds of people have been seen on the street clapping tools and clapping. Crowds of people singing slogans and dancing Punjab. To Indore, people have been seen taking part in large processions bearing the national flag.
Some senior journalists he strongly condemned these processions and claimed that meeting in public during such an outbreak amounted to “obscurantism” and charlatan “.
A deserted railway station in New Delhi on Sunday. Similar scenes were observed nationwide while the “janata curfew” was observed. Image courtesy: Twitter / @ DG_PIB
Just before 17:00, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:
In the national capital, the streets were deserted with hardly any private vehicles and buses in service. The vendors were out of the way in the morning hours with people confined to their homes.
In Calcutta, the usually explosive areas of Esplanade and Dalhousie, in addition to the airports and railway stations, looked deserted while people stayed indoors to support the prime minister’s call.
The commercial capital Mumbai observed the restrictions on Sunday with the usually busy western and eastern express highways and other arterial roads wearing an empty look and people staying indoors to support the curfew.
However, at 5:00 p.m., people rang the bells and rang the shells, acknowledging the services of thousands of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who guide India’s response to the deadly virus and ensuring that essential services remain without obstacles.
Prime Minister Modi thanked the people for expressing gratitude and solidarity.
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Crossing the party lines, key ministers and other leaders urged people to follow the self-imposed curfew, noting that “social distancing” was the key to breaking the chain of transmission, as the number of coronavirus cases rose to 324 Sunday.
DG ICMR Balram Bhargava addresses the media. ANI
States such as Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Bihar have announced a complete or partial blockade until the end of the month.
No passenger train from any railway station in the country was born on Saturday night and the restriction will continue until 22:00 on Sunday, while all suburban train services will be reduced to the bare minimum. Metro services, including in Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, were suspended for the day.
Air carriers such as GoAir, IndiGo and Vistara reduced domestic operations on Sunday.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) of traders has announced that they will keep their factories closed across the country for the “Janata curfew”.
Italy records the highest daily increase
Italy has announced its largest daily increase in infections, which has increased by 6,600 with nearly 800 new deaths from the virus causing COVID-19. The country’s total death toll of over 4,825 exceeded the death toll in China, where the first cases emerged late last year.
Emirates Airlines, in a Sunday statement, he said: “Today we made the decision to temporarily suspend most passenger flights by March 25, 2020. SkyCargo’s operations will continue. This painful but pragmatic move will help the Emirates Group maintain business viability and secure jobs. work around the world, avoiding cuts. Having received requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travelers, Emirates will continue to operate passenger and freight flights in a few countries until further notice, as long as the borders remain open and you are requested “.
In the United States, where several states have ordered residents to stay indoors, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the government is literally scouring the world for medical supplies.
Health workers from Oklahoma City to Minneapolis have asked for donations of protective equipment. Detroit hospital staff began making homemade masks for workers. Even rural hospitals were tense as people increasingly felt the pandemic.
Behind China and Italy, Spain now has the third highest number of infections worldwide, followed by the United States.
Spanish health authorities have recognized that some intensive care units in the most affected areas are close to their limit. The army was building a 5,500-bed field hospital in a congress center in Madrid, where hotels were also transformed into wards for patients with viruses without serious respiratory problems.
With input from agencies
Updated Date: Mar 23, 2020 10:39:23 AM TSI
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