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Lockdown extended till the end of April in most parts of India; Death toll continues to rise worldwide

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With the novel coronavirus showing no signs of abating across the world, the death toll has reached 107,520. Number of confirmed cases stand at 1,754,457. Total recovered cases are also increasing. It is 395,418. The United States passed Italy in confirmed cases, as the toll climbed to 20,110 and as many as 2,000 people die every day. the virus has killed 19,468 in Italy.

According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, in India confirmed cases have increased to 8,339 with 288 casualties. But according to the latest update by the Union Health Ministry, number of cases stand at 7,529 while the death toll stood at 242. As many as 652 persons have recovered from the disease as of yet. Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected state and is followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi held a video conference with chief ministers of different states on Saturday. They discussed on exit strategies after the nationwide lockdown ends on April 14. Odisha, Punjab, Telangana, Karnataka, West Bengal and Maharashtra have announced that they would extend the restrictions till the month-end to stem the spread of COVID-19.

After the meeting the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted,

The Prime Minister too tweeted and said about the fruitful interaction with Chief Ministers.

West Bengal is extending the lockdown period. Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has said it will be extended till April 30. She told reporters, “We will again review the situation at the end of April.” All schools and colleges in West Bengal will remain closed till June 10. Banerjee also said that “some sensitive spots” have been identified. “We will see to it that the lockdown is totally imposed in those areas. It does not mean that we will shut down grocery shops, doctors’ chambers… or nobody will be allowed to go to the market… gatherings won’t be allowed,” she said. As per the latest data available, West Bengal has recorded five deaths and 126 positive cases.

Meanwhile, seventeen members of Tablighi Jamaat booked for violating the lockdown by offering namaaz at a mosque in Raviwar Peth on April 9, have tested negative for coronavirus. They have been home quarantined as a preventive measure. Thirteen of the 17 accused are residents of Ranchi in Jharkhand who had come to Pune in February. None of the 17 accused had participated in the religious programme organised by the Tablighi Jamaat at New Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March, police said. Indian Express reported.

But a section of the media still continues witch-hunting.

CPI-M has suggested a bunch of measures which should be taken by the Union government and these measures are ‘non-negotiable’.

CPI-ML Liberation too has sent a letter to the Prime Minister with the observation that “the combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown has resulted in a much bigger crisis and we need to acknowledge and tackle it in its entirety.”

 

 

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