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India's growth may slip below 3% in FY21 if coronavirus proliferates: KPMG

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Special force men take down five terrorists in hand-to-hand combat in J&K

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US braces for 'hardest' week in virus battle as British PM hospitalised

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Make strategy before lifting lockdown: Chhattisgarh CM

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Researchers develop antimicrobial coating for flu, say can kill COVID-19 also

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Petrol sales shrink 17.6%, diesel 26% in March as lockdown wipes demand

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Toyota Announces Measures To Aid Customers Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

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Covid-19: Sebi curtails cut-off timings for mutual funds from 3 pm to 1 pm

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Coronavirus: Congress welcomes decision to cut MPs' salaries, calls for review of MPLAD suspension

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MG Motor India In Better Shape Than Most Other Players: Rajeev Chaba

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KKR's costliest player Cummins prioritises ICC T20 World Cup over IPL 2020

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Arbitrage funds give liquid-plus returns at low risk if held for long term

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HRD minister appeals to companies not to withdraw job offers made in campus placements

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Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

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Coronavirus scare at Coal India's top entity; 50 employees quarantined

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Covid-19: Metropolis Healthcare seeks clarity on regulatory issue to expand testing

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Diagnostic labs chain Metropolis Healthcare on Monday said it has tested 2,500 COVID-19 samples and is looking for clarity on various regulatory issues in order to expand testing. All the tests conducted on samples from Maharashtra at its facility in suburban Mumbai, the company's managing director Ameera Shah told PTI. To act as a force multiplier, a host of private sector participants, including Metropolis, were allowed to test the samples last month. This was followed by instructions on which kits to be used, including the indigenously developed one by Pune-based Mylab Discovery and also by German company Altona. There is a cap of Rs 4,500 per test. Shah said Metropolis has tested 2,500 samples as of Friday evening and made it clear that the company is not looking at it as a revenue maximisation or business opportunity. She said it is an expensive affair to conduct a test because of the training that require utmost care in handling at the time of sample collection and while testing..
                 

469 people complete home quarantine, 353 sample reports found negative: Officials

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As many as 469 foreign returnees have completed their mandatory 28-day home-quarantine period in Ghaziabad district while 1,492 others are undergoing it with a green "Thanks for Co-operation" poster stuck outside their homes, said an official on Monday. A total of 1,961 persons had arrived here in the district between February 5 and March 21, District magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey told PTI, adding 469 of them have completed their home-quarantine period. The remaining 1,492 persons are still in isolation at their homes, he said. The DM added that a green colour poster carrying words "Thanks for Co-operation" have been affixed outside of their homes. Besides this, teams of 30 officials of health and other government departments are interacting thrice a day to all those persons who are still home quarantined and asking 11 questions related to their health. Every day, I and SSP Kalanidhi Naithani are am inspecting the temporarily set up isolation wards in the district and taking stock of..
                 

Sule welcomes salary cut for MPs, Sena leader raises questions

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At least two MPS from the NCP and the Shiv Sena on Monday expressed divergent views on the Centre's decision to cut 30 per cent salary of all MPs for one year, and to divert MPLAD funds for two years to fund the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. NCP MP Supriya Sule, daughter of the party chief Sharad Pawar, has supported the move. In an official tweet from her handle @supriya_sule, she said, "I support the reduction in the MPs salary. WRT the suspension of the MPLAD funds for a duration of two years, I hope that the entire amount of MPLAD funds contributed by all Maharashtra MPs of both houses, are deployed in our state with concurrence of the state administration towards the welfare of our citizens". However, Sena MP from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg constituency, Vinayak Raut, said, "There was no need to utilise the two years MPLAD fund when one year's fund was sufficient. "We understand that the fight against coronavirus is important, but other facilities should not be .....
                 

Covid-19: Assam considering regulating entry of people into state after lockdown ends

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Kia Motors India pledges Rs 2 cr to AP CM relief fund for combating coronavirus

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Kia Motors India (KMI) on Monday pledged Rs 2 crore to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister's Relief Fund to provide immediate and long-term relief against the coronavirus outbreak in the state. Kia Motors India is committed to extending every possible support to the community and is taking all necessary measures to fight coronavirus that has wreaked havoc globally, the company said in a statement. While the Indian government has implemented several measures and announced economic aid to tackle the situation, Kia Motors is doing its bit in ensuring effective healthcare support to the citizens, it added. KMI will continue to support the country, governments and is committed to being a partner in the national fight against Coronavirus. "With the public life and businesses coming to a standstill amid the 21-day lockdown, the company is constantly analysing the situation on the ground and is ensuring relentless support to its customers," the company said, adding it will be providing extended .....
                 

45 Maha COVID-19 deaths: 78 pc had comorbidities, says report

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Covid-19: How to make a mask at home in just 60 sec

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IGNOU to facilitate assignment submission by learners through email

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Top central bureaucrats discuss strategic issues related to coronavirus lockdown

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More than a dozen secretaries of the Union government met on Monday to discuss strategic issues related to 21-days lockdown announced to combat coronavirus endemic, officials said. The Empowered Group on Strategic Issues Related to Lockdown, chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, also discussed the steps to be taken in various sectors for smooth functioning of the normal life. The top central government officials exchanged views on various aspects related to the ongoing lockdown and how to go forward after the curb is withdrawn, a senior government official said. The meeting discussed a graded exit plan and sector-wise impact assessment and demand. For example in case of civil aviation, how many flights would be required and for agriculture sector, how many districts are there where bulk of the harvesting has to happen and how to go about it. The meeting, attended by secretaries of key central ministries and departments, collated suggestions and deliberated on the lockdown and ....
                 

Bakeries exempted from lockdown in Karnataka

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The Karnataka government on Monday exempted bakery and biscuit, condiments, confectionery and sweet units from lockdown and permitted them to operate with minimum staff. The units shall notpermit serving or dinning in the premises and only parcel and takeaways were permitted, a circular issued by State Nodal Officer, Essential Commodities & Supply Chain Management Rajender Kumar Kataria said. It noted the fact that bakery products and related items were being consumed by the patients, elderly people, children and general public. The centre in a notification has permitted the functioning of food units engaged in bakery & biscuit, condiments, confectionery and sweet for manufacturing, supply and operating retail outlets with minimum staff and labour, the circular said. It said, these units shall strictly follow the guidelines and instructions and the standard operating procedure issued by union the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the state Department of ...
                 

COVID-19 cases in J-K rise to 109

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No fresh movement of migrant workers in Delhi amid lockdown: AAP govt

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No fresh movement of migrant workers has been reported in the national capital amid the lockdown imposed to arrest the spread of coroanvirus, the Delhi government said on Monday. In an official statement, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev said the migrant workers, who were initially heading to their native states, have been focused as a target group with special facilities being provided to them. He also directed to take pro-active measures to enforce the lockdown. The AAP-led Delhi government has set up 111 shelter homes specifically for migrant workers rendered homeless due to the nationwide lockdown. "Till Sunday, 4,788 migrants have been housed in these shelter homes. The relief camps have the capacity to accommodate 40,000 persons," the statement said. These shelters are in addition to the 223 permanent shelters managed by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board and 10 more such night shelters for the homeless, it said. "In case of any symptomatic person housed in these shelter homes, ...
                 

Government funded start-up working on rapid test kit

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Subscribers wait for EPF withdrawal as Covid-19 lockdown hits operations

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Govt should consider relief for oil companies, says Ajay Dixit, Cairn CEO

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Mamata Banerjee accuses BJP IT cell of spreading fake news on Bengal corona cases

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Keran encounter: Two more commandos succumb to injuries, toll reaches 5

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2020 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom Prices Revealed

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Life insurers will not invoke 'force majeure' clause for Covid-19 claims

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AIIMS RDA writes to PM Modi over 'targeting of doctors for raising genuine concerns related to Covid-19 preparedness'

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Impossible to say if lockdown will be lifted in UP after April 14: Senior official

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Pep Guardiola's Mother, 82, Dies After Contracting Coronavirus

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Coronavirus impact: Hiring of IT graduates by firms likely to be delayed

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Railway deal, coronavirus' disruption of global trade to weigh on Concor

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Maruti Suzuki Sells Over 7.5 Lakh BS6 Vehicles In India Ahead Of Deadline

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Marico announces a initial grant of Rs 8 cr to fight Covid-19

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FMCG firm Marico Ltd on Monday announced an initial grant of Rs 8 crore to support the government,workers and medical fraternity in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic. The company has increased the safety measures and adopted necessary precautions to keep people, who are working tirelessly in their attempt to deliver essential products to its consumers safely in compliance with the government guidelines, said a statement. Commenting on thisMarico Managing Director and CEOSaugata Guptasaid, "We extend our support to the communities we live in and to the front-runners in this battle medical professionals, the police force, primary healthcare workers, emergency services staff and fellow citizens who have been worst affected in this crisis. Our outreach in this fight against COVID-19 encompasses several areas to which we have committed an initial outlay of INR 8 Crore, it added India is presently going through an unprecedented complete lockdown of three weeks, ending on April 14, to ....
                 

Portal for foreign tourists helps them get medical aid, transit permits

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Coronavirus: 3 areas in Kashmir declared as red zones by authorities

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Authorities on Monday declared three areas in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts as red zones to prevent the spread of coronavirus after positive cases were detected from these areas, officials said. Two areas -- Chattabal yam -- in Srinagar and Guzhama in Ganderbal have been declared as red zones, the officials said. They said all entry and exit points leading to these areas were sealed after cases of COVID-19 affected persons were reported from these areas. No outward or inward movement of any individual for any reason would be allowed in these areas, they added. Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Choudhary issued an order for sealing Chattabal area, saying it was aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus infection. The DM said it is also aimed at enabling smooth conduct of a survey to detect suspects in the area. The proposed survey is aimed at determining whether the infection has spread in the area and whether there is a need for isolating any of its residents, he .....
                 

PM Modi calls Australian counterpart; discusses need to share experience to deal with coronavirus

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Rise in COVID-19 cases in Andhra alarming, govt needs to ramp up testing: TDP chief Naidu

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu on Monday termed the COVID-19 threat to Andhra Pradesh as alarming in view of the steep rise in positve cases in different parts of the state and demanded stepping up testing on a war-footing.In an official release, he expressed concern that Andhra reported 1,021 per cent rise in coronavirus cases as opposed to India's average of 222 per cent in the last one week.Addressing mediapersons online from his residence, Naidu accused the ruling party of under-reporting of the coronavirus cases at a time when other states like Kerala have managed to control the disease by bringing transparency in testing."AP should immediately step up testing on a war-footing in order to identify and isolate positive cases for prevention of infection transmission," he added.Naidu said Kerala conducted 10,200 COVID-19 tests, Karnataka 5,600 and Rajasthan 12,000 tests so far but no such data is available with regard to Andhra Pradesh.He further said: "If the AP ....
                 

2 persons test positive for COVID-19 in Mathura

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A man and a woman tested positive for coronavirus in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the district magistrate said. The 23-year-old man, a resident of Shamli district, had attended a Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, which has emerged as a major hotspot for the spread of the virus in different parts of the country. He was among 30 attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat who were traced to a mosque in Mathura district. The rest 29 tested negative for COVID-19, which has so far infected over 300 people in the state. Mathura District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra said the infected man has been sent to Agra for further treatment. The second infected patient, a 50-year-old woman from Agra, was admitted to Nayati Hospital here three days ago with kidney-related ailments. According to the district magistrate, her COVID-19 test result came positive on Monday. Efforts are being made to contain the spread of the virus, Mishra said. The areas visited by suspected and infected COVID-19..
                 

30% salary cut for MPs: India stands together, says Amit Shah

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Union Home Secretary asks States/UTs to give special attention to supply of oxygen

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Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Monday wrote to Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories, asking them to pay special attention to the supply of medical oxygen in various hospitals in view of the coronavirus pandemic."As you are aware that there is a critical need to maintain an adequate supply of medical oxygen in the country in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and that medical oxygen is also included in the national list and WHO's list of essential medicines, therefore, special attention needs to be given on keeping the supply of medical oxygen smooth and hassle-free," Bhalla said in his letter.Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued consolidated guidelines on the lockdown measures to be taken by Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/Union Territory governments and State/Union Territory authorities for containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the country on March 24, 2020.These guidelines were further modified on March 25, 26, April 2, and April ...
                 

PM Modi, King of Bahrain discuss coronavirus crisis

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa on Monday discussed the coronavirus crisis and its consequences on logistics chains and financial markets. During their telephonic conversation, the King assured the prime minister of his personal attention to the welfare of the large Indian community in Bahrain, an official statement said. "The two leaders discussed the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and its consequences, including on logistics chains and financial markets," it said. Modi expressed his appreciation for the care and affection that the Bahrain authorities have always extended to the Indian diaspora. The leaders agreed that their officials would remain in regular touch and ensure all possible support to each other for dealing with the challenges of COVID-19. The prime minister conveyed to the King that India regards Bahrain as an important part of its extended neighbourhood. He also recalled his visit to the country last year, the statement said...
                 

Hospital sets up Kiosks at premises to test COVID-19 patients

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Inspired by South Korea's innovative way of testing for COVID-19 symptoms, a Government Medical College Hospital here has set up low cost kiosks at its premises for safe collection of samples of symptomatic people. The indigenously built COVID WISK (Walk-in Sample Kiosk) installed at the Medical College Hospital is shaped like an old telephone booth that is closed from four sides. One side is made of glass with two holes where detachable and disposable rubber gloves are fixed. The gloves are fixed for the health worker to insert a hand and collect blood and swab samples from symptomatic patients. Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas launched the two kiosks at the hospital premises here. "This kiosk is a very safe easy makeable thing. Any health facility in India can make it. More important is that it gives adequate protection to the healthcare workers, as well as the patients. This keeps health workers safe while collecting samples", Resident Medical Officer of the .....
                 

West Singhbhum district hospital booth to collect samples from homes of COVID-19 suspects

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The Chaibasa Sadar Hospital in West Singhbhum district has opened a COVID-19 sample collection booth wherein people need not visit the centre for getting themselves tested but can make a call to have the Health Department team come to their doorstep for sample collection."A sample collection centre has been launched at the Chaibasa Sadar Hospital to investigate suspects of coronavirus infection," said the hospital administration.The administration also said, "The Chaibasa people can now get their testing for coronavirus done at home. They need to just have to make a call and the Health Department team will reach their home for investigation.""This is the first such COVID-19 sample collection booth in the country," they added.While inaugurating the sample collection centre, Deputy Commissioner Arva Rajkamal and District Development Officer Aditya Ranjan too got themselves checked for COVID-19...
                 

12 new COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka;Total rises to 163

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Twelve new positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Karnataka, taking the total number of affected in the state to 163, the Health department said on Monday. The active cases stood at 139 and of them three -- two on ventilator support and one on oxygen -- were in intensive care units (ICUs) while the others, including a pregnant woman, stable in isolation wards of designated hospitals, it said. "As of 5:00 PM of 6th April 2020, cumulatively 163 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, it includes 4 deaths and 20 discharges," a bulletin said. Out of total 163 cases detected and confirmed in the state so far, nine were transit passengers of Kerala who landed in airports in Karnataka. Among the 12 new cases, one from Bengaluru rural had attended Tablighi-Jamaat congregation at Delhi from March 13- 18, seven are from Mysuru, and two from Bagalkote -- wife and brother of a 75-year old man who died on April 3. Others include a woman, a resident of ....
                 

Amarinder writes to PM Modi seeking immediate release of Punjab's GST arrears

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention for immediate release of the state's GST arrears and resolution of other pending issues to enable effective management of the crisis caused by COVID-19. A similar letter was al to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, with the chief minister stressing that early action on these issues will help in effective management of COVID-19 as also to provide requisite relief to all those who are adversely affected by the crisis. The release of our GST arrears is of paramount importance as we are facing serious financial constraints, he wrote in the letter, drawing the Centre's urgent attention to the pending issues and seeking necessary follow-up action from the prime minister and the home minister. The COVID-19 crisis presents a challenge of great magnitude, which has ramifications across all strata of people and all sectors of the economy, though the poor will be the worst affected, Singh ...
                 

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Punjab: Kapurthala’s first coronavirus case is a Tablighi, around two dozen villages sealed

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Telangana CM urges PM Modi to extend lockdown for at least two more weeks

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Coronavirus spread: Uber, Flipkart join hands to deliver essential products

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Gopichand, Dhanraj Pillay Donate In India's Fight Against Coronavirus

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Travel firms get battle-ready for post-Covid scenario even as unknowns loom

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Share profits from low crude oil prices with people amid COVID-19 pandemic: Cong to govt

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The Congress accused the government on Monday of indulging in profiteering from low crude oil prices when the country is in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, and stressed that it is time to care for the people and "share a part of the Rs 20 lakh crore profit" it has made so far. The need of the hour and immediate necessity is to share a part of this profit made by the government in the last six years, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. He said it is time to reduce taxes or give it back in some other form to farmers, labourers and common people suffering amid lockdown due to COVID-19 and because of the country's economic downturn. "It is not a time for profiteering, it is a time for the government to do profit-sharing...This is the need of the hour and the immediate necessity," he said at a press conference addressed through video conferencing. Singhvi also alleged that the Centre has made a profit of around Rs 20 lakh crore in the last six years. "Our question today to you ...
                 

Ensure smooth supply of medical oxygen: Centre to states

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Punjab govt mulls action against pvt hospitals refusing to treat COVID-19 patients

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Nearly 9,000 medical professionals, including 531 doctors, have offered to volunteer at state-run hospitals, the Punjab government said Monday as it told private hospitals that they may lose licences if they don't treat coronavirus patients. Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said as far as human resources are concerned, they have received an "overwhelming response" with 531 doctors, 4,680 nurses, 2,056 pharmacists and 1,648 lab technicians volunteering to work at government hospitals. He, however, said the state government has taken serious note of the fact that some private hospitals have shut operations, for which action will be taken against them. The chief minister has suggested the cancellation of their licences if they refuse to treat COVID-19 patients, he said, adding that instructions have been issued to all civil surgeons in this regard. The minister said the state government has already directed that chemist shops, hospitals, drug-de addiction centres, nursing homes ...
                 

Ray of hope in Bihar as 6 beat COVID 19 in 48 hrs; zero +ive cases

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There was a glimmer of hope amid all pervasive gloom as the number of active COVID 19 cases in Bihar plunged by nearly a quarter to 22 with the recovery of six patients while as no one tested positive for the deadly coronavirus in the last 48 hours, officials said on Monday. More than 800 samples were tested during the period. have been tested, an official said on Monday. State epidemiologist Ragini Mishra told PTI that all the six discharged patients were admitted to the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH), which has been dedicated by the state government to exclusively treat coronavirus cases. These include two employees, including a nurse, of a private hospital in the city where they had contracted the contagion from a deceased patient who was admitted there before being rushed to AIIMS, Patna. The deceased a 38-year-old man who had returned from Qatar a month ago and suffered from renal failure breathed his last on March 21, a day before test reports confirmed .....
                 

Give up one meal to mark BJP's foundation day: JP Nadda to party workers

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Medicines run dry as coronavirus lockdown hits Kashmir pharmacies

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