The ‘urban model’ exercise looks to “isolate, locate and clear” hotspots of infectious cases through total sealing with home-delivery of essentials, sanitisation activities and aggressive testing backed by widespread door-to-door survey, they told ET.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expecting to get the reports from states with their recommendations on Friday, ahead of the PM’s meeting with chief ministers on Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indicated to party leaders that the lockdown may have to continue post April 14 and it looks difficult to lift the same given the COVID situation in the country.
After Bhilwara success, Rajasthan enlists half of hospitals for dealing with COVID from private sector
The Rajasthan government prepared the list following the Centre’s direction earlier this month to all states to earmark such facilities. As many as 27 private hospitals volunteered to join the fight against Covid-19 on the appeal of the chief minister while the rest are government hospitals and government medical colleges.
Each ministry has to identify 10 key moves and 10 priority focus areas for action. The cabinet approved a 30% cut in pay for all members of parliament and ministers, including the PM, for a year. PM Modi has tasked depts with drawing up urgent revival strategies.
Over 8,300 complaints were received on the platform ever since an empowered group of officers was set up under HRD Secretary Amit Khare to focus on the issue.
The PM’s conferencing with CMs, Saarc contemporaries, sportspersons and heads of embassies and high-commissions too were done using NIC’s video-conference service. It has a permanent setup at the PM’s residence and office and over 1,800 studios across the country including state and district capitals and union territories.
The ongoing lockdown has sent the annual Amarnath Yatra and the Chardham Yatra into a 'wait-and-watch mode' while several big Hindu shrines and temples such as the Vaishno Devi shrine near Jammu, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain have already urged devotees to take part online in daily 'puja'.
The plan may involve opening up some areas while keeping hotspots shut and restricting the movement of senior citizens for longer as they are more vulnerable, two state government officials told ET, saying the lockdown could hence end in a gradual manner. Even after the lockdown is over, people should be asked to follow safety measures such as wearing masks, ensuring hand hygiene and social distancing.
The improvement comes after a strict curfew was imposed and a door-to-door survey was done to screen 2.5 million persons for any symptoms of the infection while 6,445 people were put in home isolation.
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