When Modi finally stepped out of his 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence on Friday for a tour of cyclone-hit West Bengal and Odisha, it was also a message for people finally stepping out of their homes after the two-month lockdown. Like them, the prime minister will also be on the move from now, top government officials said.
The Union Health Ministry has asked states to also directly buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from the suppliers onboarded on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal in addition to the supplies of PPEs being sent by the Centre.
The Rajasthan government plans to test 10% of all migrants, giving priority to those returning from Maharashtra and Gujarat. Samples will be collected from migrants in a village or ward, apart from testing all migrants who have influenza-like symptoms.
UP and Bihar have stepped up testing as well as increased the number of beds for Covid-19 patients as the return of millions of migrant workers to their native states has led to a surge in active cases.
A Samajwadi Party leader Chhote Lal Diwakar and his son Sunil were shot dead in broad daylight in the Sambhal district of UP on Tuesday over a dispute over laying a road under MGNREGA. The incident was caught on camera.
In the letter, a copy of which was seen by ET, Mishra said the collective response must be documented in a comprehensive manner. He said the various response actions against Covid-19 should be mapped against a timeline starting in the last week of January.
“Many investors are looking at moving their manufacturing base from China to Uttar Pradesh,” UP’s Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Investment Promotion, Sidharth Nath Singh told ET on Wednesday.
Lockdown slowed down economic activities in terms of government procurement and civil works too as the number of tenders issued on a central procurement portal nearly halved since April compared to the monthly average of tenders issued by the Centre and states in the last financial year.
ET has accessed a detailed order passed by the UP government on Monday, which says there is a shortfall of revenue and funds need to be spent on fighting Covid-19 and other issues of public interest.
The Indian government expects the cases will rise at a fair clip of 4000-5000 daily as over a lakh tests are now being done daily and given the huge migrant movement. However, what remains a major worry is that four out of the five big urban centers which are reporting the highest number of cases remain well below the national recovery rate.
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