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10 deaths, 300 hospitalisations linked to Tablighi Jamaat meet (mar., 31 mars 2020)
In a sudden outbreak and detection of multiple coronavirus cases, the Delhi-based headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin West has turned into a hotspot. It had hosted a congregation this month which was attended by followers from abroad and India. Nine Indians who attended – six in Telengana and one each in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and J&K – have died of the disease.
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Coronavirus live: Total cases in India rise to 1251 (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
The govt has said there is no plan to extend the lockdown beyond 21 days, and trashed media reports hinting at such a possibility. Meanwhile, the number of positive cases in India has crossed 1200 and the death toll stands at 32. Stay with TOI for the latest developments.
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‘India still in local transmission stage’ (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Covid-19 outbreak in India remains in ‘local transmission’ stage and any evidence of ‘community transmission’ will be shared with the public so that the level of alertness can be increased, the government said seeking to put at rest speculations about a wider spread of the virus.
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Banks yet to act on EMI relief, spark confusion (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
With just two days left for the next EMI cycle to begin, most big lenders are unprepared to follow the Reserve Bank of India’s blanket order allowing borrowers to hold back from paying instalments for the month. Top lenders such as State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank and Axis Bank have not activated any channel for customers to exercise an option.
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'Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes' (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
India has witnessed a slower rate of progression in Covid-19 cases as compared to several other countries, even developed nations, indicating that the national lockdown and other measures are having a positive effect even though there is no scope for any laxity in enforcing social distancing, the government said on Monday.
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Govt has Rs 60k crore war chest in disaster funds (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)
The Centre has a war chest of more than Rs 60,000 crore to fight the Covid-19 pandemic — Rs 30,000 crore is already available in state disaster relief funds (SDRF) while allocation of a similar amount has been made for the 2020-21 financial year towards disaster relief and mitigation. This is in addition to contributions received in the PM’s relief fund.
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Coronavirus: India reports 227 new positive cases (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
The Covid-19 crisis appeared escalating on Monday as the government reported more than 200 new cases of infection and at least five more deaths across India but maintained it was still in the local transmission stage. With the fresh cases, the number of total positive cases in the country has risen to 1,251 and the death toll stands at 32.
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Workers returning to UP ‘sanitised’ with bleach (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Several batches of migrant workers, including women and children, who arrived in UP from Delhi/NCR in government-run buses over the weekend were made to squat on a road in Bareilly district and sprayed with sodium hypochlorite — a bleaching agent which authorities later admitted was “unfit for use on humans” — in a bid to sanitise them.
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Centre: 21 lakh PPE kits ordered, 60k supplied (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
The health ministry on Monday said it has placed orders for 21 lakh personal protection equipment (PPEs) coveralls for medical staff dealing with Covid-19 patients with 11 domestic manufacturers, whereas around 60,000 PPE kits have already been procured and supplied to hospitals and healthcare workers across the country.
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Lockdown: Non-availability of labour hits supplies (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)
Seeking to contain the mass spread of the deadly coronavirus, several states on Monday effectively sealed their borders to stop the movement of migrant workers rendered jobless due to a nationwide lockdown, but FMCG firms flagged non-availability of trucks and labour as a major challenge in ensuring the supply of essential goods. The SC took notice of these challenges.
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Corona roundup: Developments in India, world (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)

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States taking over star hotels across India (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)
In their battle against Covid-19 pandemic, state governments have started taking over private hotels, including multi-star facilities, so that they can be converted into special wards for patients in the worst affected cities across the country.
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No change in financial year: Government (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)

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'Board exams may be over by May' (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)
In view of the lockdown due to Covid-19 till April 14, the examinations suspended by CBSE and other education boards can be completed only by around mid-May and the results announced in June, government sources said on Monday. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has extended by one month the registration dates for various entrance tests.
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Vistara asks staff to self-isolate as flyer tests +ve (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)
Vistara on Monday asked crew members of its Mumbai-Goa flight on March 22 to self-quarantine after a passenger flying with it was tested positive for Covid-19. The airline issued the direction soon after the Goa govt announced that one person, who tested positive, had travel history from New York. He took Vistara domestic flight UK861 Mumbai-Goa on March 22.
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PM Modi puts all Indian envoys on Mission Covid (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)
In a first of its kind event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to almost all of India’s ambassadors serving in different parts of the world to appreciate a mammoth effort by Indian diplomats during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lockdown effect: Telangana to implement pay cut (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)
With dwindling revenues following the ongoing lockdown in the state, the Telangana government on Monday decided to implement pay cut for government employees, including All India Services Officers and pensioners.
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Covid-19: Trump extends shutdown to April 30 (Mon, 30 Mar 2020)
Amid signs that social distancing measures are helping decelerate the death rate from coronavirus infection, the United States has extended its lockdown guidelines to April 30 after President Donald Trump on Sunday accepted expert projections that 100,000-200,000 people could die of coronavirus infection notwithstanding with such a shutdown.
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